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Shakespeare's Hamlet

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1. Q: In what country does Hamlet primarily take place?

A: France

B: Denmark

C: England

D: Germany

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2. Q: Who do the guards first tell about the ghost that has appeared before them?

A: Hamlet

B: Horatio

C: Claudius

D: Gertrude

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3. Q: Who is the Prince of Norway?

A: Fortinbras

B: Hamlet

C: Horatio

D: Claudius

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4. Q: Who is Hamlet in love with?

A: Gertrude

B: Juliet

C: Horatio

D: Ophelia

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5. Q: How is Claudius related to Hamlet?

A: cousin

B: uncle

C: brother

D: father

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6. Q: How did Claudius kill Hamlet's father, the king?

A: stabbed him with daggers

B: poured poison in his ear

C: in a sword duel

D: had him murdered by thugs

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7. Q: Who returns as a ghost and tells Hamlet to kill Claudius?

A: Hamlet's Father

B: Horatio

C: Gertrude

D: Polonius

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8. Q: Who is Polonius?

A: The new prince under Claudius' rule

B: The Lord Chamberlain

C: Friend to Hamlet

D: A soldier

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9. Q: Who are the two clowns?

A: officers

B: witches

C: grave diggers

D: murderers

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10. Q: What does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do?

A: Take Hamlet to England

B: Murder Hamlet with their own hands

C: Kill Hamlet's Father

D: Spy on Gertrude

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11. Q: What country does Fortinbras decide to invade instead of Denmark?

A: Sweden

B: Norway

C: England

D: Poland

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12. Q: What does Polonius initially think caused Hamlet's madness?

A: Poison

B: Horatio's betrayal

C: His love for Ophelia

D: His father's death

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13. Q: Why does Hamlet decide to stage the murder of his father?

A: Because he thinks it makes a good story

B: To see Claudius' reaction

C: To see Gertrude's reaction

D: To relive the tragedy

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14. Q: Who listens behind a curtain to Hamlet and Ophelia's meeting?

A: Horatio

B: Gertrude

C: Just Polonius

D: the King and Polonius

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15. Q: "Who says ""To be or not to be..""?"

A: Claudius

B: Polonius

C: Hamlet

D: Horatio

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16. Q: What does Claudius do when the actor pours the poison into the king's ear during the play?

A: He killed Polonius

B: He got up and left in anger

C: He didn't move

D: He cursed Hamlet

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17. Q: Why does Hamlet not kill the king while the king is praying?

A: Because he fears the king would go to heaven

B: Because he has second thoughts about killing

C: Because he thinks Ophelia will disapprove

D: Because he does not have his poison with him

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18. Q: Who overhears the meeting between Hamlet and Gertrude?

A: Just Horatio

B: Horatio and Ophelia

C: Just Polonius

D: the King and Polonius

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19. Q: Who does Hamlet kill when he finds him spying?

A: Laertes

B: Polonius

C: Gertrude

D: Claudius

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20. Q: Who vows to avenge Polonius' death?

A: Hamlet

B: Ophelia

C: Claudius

D: Laertes

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21. Q: How does Hamlet get rid of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

A: He poisons them

B: He has Horatio help him kill them

C: He has them executed in England

D: He has pirates kill them

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22. Q: Who suggests that Laertes provoke Hamlet into a duel?

A: Ophelia

B: Gertrude

C: Horatio

D: Claudius

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23. Q: How did Ophelia die?

A: Drowned

B: Illness

C: Poison

D: Old age

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24. Q: Why was Hamlet saddened to find Yorick's skull when talking to the grave diggers?

A: Because Yorick taught him to swordfight as a child

B: Because Yorick was his best friend

C: Because Yorick was the fool who amused him as a child

D: Because Yorick was his true father

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25. Q: Why does Hamlet not make it to England?

A: He goes to France instead

B: His ship is attacked by pirates

C: He never left in the first place

D: He turns around after talking to Horatio

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26. Q: How do Laertes and Claudius plan to fix the duel between Claudius and Hamlet?

A: They will poison Hamlet's drink and Laertes' sword

B: They will give Hamlet a faulty sword

C: They will blind Hamlet prior to the fight

D: They will have a guard hold Hamlet down

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27. Q: Who drinks from the poison goblet that Claudius gives to Hamlet?

A: Laertes

B: Hamlet

C: Gertrude

D: Horatio

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28. Q: Who was Reynaldo?

A: A servant to Polonius

B: A soldier

C: One of the grave diggers

D: Hamlets childhood friend

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29. Q: Who does not die in the final scene?

A: Claudius

B: Laertes

C: Horatio

D: Hamlet

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30. Q: Who ends up ruler of Denmark at the end of the play?

A: Claudius

B: Fortinbras

C: Horatio

D: Laertes

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