Shakespeare's Hamlet Play! Trivia Questions Quiz

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Hamlet Quizzes & Trivia

What do you know about Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet? This quiz will tell the tale. Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most extended play, which contains over 30,000 words. It was set in Denmark as the play depicts revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who murdered Hamlet’s father so that he would obtain the throne. This revelation comes after Hamlet sees the ghost of his father. The quiz and find out if you are an expert on all things Hamlet.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who is Hamlet and what is his plan in order to kill King Claudius?
    • A. 

      He is the main character, who plans to ignore his duty to avenge his father and wait for his time to access the throne

    • B. 

      He is the main character, whose plan is to poison the King

    • C. 

      He is the protagonist, and his plan is to act mad

    • D. 

      He is the protagonist, whose plan is to get someone else to kill him

    • E. 

      Hamlet is the name of the play, not a shakespearean character

  • 2. 
    What is the purpose of the gravediggers?
    • A. 

      They are there symbolically

    • B. 

      They are only there to make the scene look more interesting

    • C. 

      They want to show Hamlet the skull he may recognize

    • D. 

      They are there for comic relief

    • E. 

      They are there because they serve importance to the plot

  • 3. 
    Whose skull did Hamlet recognize in the graveyard?
    • A. 

      King Hamlet's

    • B. 

      Yorik's

    • C. 

      Ophelia's

    • D. 

      Polonius'

    • E. 

      He does not know whose skull it is

  • 4. 
    How does Hamlet die?
    • A. 

      Laertes slashes him with his poisoned sword in Hamlet's back

    • B. 

      He kills himself with his own sword

    • C. 

      Laertes poisons him with his sword, straight into Hamlet's heart

    • D. 

      He poisons himself because he finally avenges his father and does not care for life anymore

    • E. 

      Hamlet was poisoned from the cup that King Claudius laid out for him

  • 5. 
    In order to combat the troops that Fortinbraus is sending to Denmark, King Claudius decides to_______.
    • A. 

      He knows Fortinbraus is mad that his brother killed his father, whereas he did not, therefore he does not have to worry about it

    • B. 

      Wait for their arrival, and have his troops ready for whatever may come

    • C. 

      Send Polonius to Norway in order to spy on what they may have planned next in order to be prepared

    • D. 

      Send Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to the King of Norway with a letter that asks him to stop his nephew from attacking

    • E. 

      Send Cornelius and Voltimand to the King of Norway with a letter that asks him to stop his nephew from attacking

  • 6. 
    Who tried to commit suicide after Hamlet died?
    • A. 

      Queen Gertrude

    • B. 

      Horatio

    • C. 

      Laertes

    • D. 

      Ophelia

    • E. 

      Osric

  • 7. 
    Why didn't Hamlet kill King Claudius during the King's Confessional?
    • A. 

      He thought that when the King was slain, he would go to heaven because he confessed his sins

    • B. 

      He was worried that the King would go to pergatory and get one of his messengers to avenge his death

    • C. 

      He thought that the King would notice him and his plan would be ruined

    • D. 

      He was not sure if he wanted to kill him because it would have been more of a luxury for him to be dead rather than alive

    • E. 

      He just wanted to listen to the confession the King was trying to conjure up for sheer amusement

  • 8. 
    What is the theme of this play?
    • A. 

      Romance

    • B. 

      Comedy

    • C. 

      Revenge

    • D. 

      Tragedy

    • E. 

      Both C or D

  • 9. 
    Did Queen Gertrude help with the murder of her husband?
    • A. 

      No, she had nothing to do with her husbands murder.

    • B. 

      Yes, but she was merely an accessory(she helped Claudius plan it but did not do the crime)

    • C. 

      Yes, she helped pour the poison into the cup for Claudius to murder Hamlet

    • D. 

      No, she knew what Claudius had planned, but never believed that he was serious. She thought he was in a jealous state of mind

    • E. 

      Both A and D

  • 10. 
    How old is Hamlet?
    • A. 

      25

    • B. 

      21

    • C. 

      43

    • D. 

      30

    • E. 

      39

  • 11. 
    The play is the thing wherein I'll ____?
    • A. 

      Watch the players acting

    • B. 

      Observe Claudius in the wing

    • C. 

      Catch the conscience of the King

    • D. 

      Grasp the truth inside the King

    • E. 

      Release the lies condemned to the King

  • 12. 
    Who is Hamlet's foil(complete opposite)?
    • A. 

      Fortinbraus

    • B. 

      Osric

    • C. 

      Polonius

    • D. 

      Laertes

    • E. 

      Rosencrantz

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