Hamlet Acts 1 And 2

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Hamlet Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    How did Claudius murder King Hamlet?
    • A. 

      From drinking poisoned wine

    • B. 

      From poison being dropped in his ear

    • C. 

      From a poisonous snake bite

    • D. 

      From wounds received in battle

  • 2. 
    What does the ghost of King Hamlet ask Hamlet to do?
    • A. 

      Marry Ophelia

    • B. 

      Become King of Norway

    • C. 

      Avenge his murder

    • D. 

      Become an actor

  • 3. 
    In Act I Scene I, why are the soldiers on guard?
    • A. 

      There is concern that the Saxons are preparing to attack

    • B. 

      There is concern that Wittenberg is preparing to attack

    • C. 

      There is concern that France is preparing to attack

    • D. 

      There is concern that young Fortinbras is preparing to attack

  • 4. 
    In Act I Scene I, who is asked by the guards to speak to and question the ghost?
    • A. 

      Polonius

    • B. 

      Horatio

    • C. 

      Gertrude

    • D. 

      Laertes

  • 5. 
    What reason does Horatio give for the ghost's departure at the end of Act One, Scene One?
    • A. 

      A rooster crowed

    • B. 

      The moon became full

    • C. 

      The sound of ringing bells startled it

    • D. 

      Ophelia began to sing

  • 6. 
    What is the name of the play Hamlet wants the actors to perform?
    • A. 

      The Rape of Lucretia

    • B. 

      The Taming of the Shrew

    • C. 

      The Tempest

    • D. 

      The Murder of Gonzaga

  • 7. 
    She is the daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, and potential wife of Prince Hamlet.
    • A. 

      Gertrude

    • B. 

      Desdemona

    • C. 

      Lucretia

    • D. 

      Ophelia

  • 8. 
    Why does Hamlet arrange for the play to be performed?
    • A. 

      He uses the play to expose Polonius's foolishness

    • B. 

      He wants to see if Claudius reacts guiltily to the subject matter

    • C. 

      He knows that Claudius hates plays, so arranges for one just to spite him

    • D. 

      He wants to become an actor and this would be a good time to practice

  • 9. 
    What relation is Claudius to Hamlet?
    • A. 

      Cousin and close friend

    • B. 

      Step-brother and guardian

    • C. 

      Grandfather and tutor

    • D. 

      Uncle and stepfather

  • 10. 
    Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
    • A. 

      Royal jesters

    • B. 

      Friends of Hamlet

    • C. 

      Friends of Laertes

    • D. 

      Friends of Horatio

  • 11. 
    Which part of the afterlife does the ghost indicate he is inhabiting?
    • A. 

      Heaven

    • B. 

      Hell

    • C. 

      Purgatory

    • D. 

      Valhalla

  • 12. 
    What is Polonius' position in the court?
    • A. 

      King's chief minister

    • B. 

      General of the armies

    • C. 

      Court physician

    • D. 

      A Catholic priest

  • 13. 
    Which young Prince of Norway, whose father was killed by Hamlet's father, wishes to attack Denmark to avenge his father's honor?
    • A. 

      Laertes

    • B. 

      Fortinbras

    • C. 

      Osric

    • D. 

      Marcellus

  • 14. 
    Why is Hamlet so angry with his mother, Gertrude?
    • A. 

      He thinks she killed his father

    • B. 

      She hates all his friends

    • C. 

      She does not approve of his affection for Ophelia

    • D. 

      He cannot stand the thought of her being married to Claudius

  • 15. 
    In Act I Scene II, what does Laertes request from the king?
    • A. 

      Permission to fight Fortinbras

    • B. 

      Permission to marry Ophelia

    • C. 

      Permission to return to France

    • D. 

      Permission to open a pottery shop

  • 16. 
    Who said, "The play's the thing/Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King"
    • A. 

      Hamlet

    • B. 

      Polonius

    • C. 

      Horatio

    • D. 

      The Ghost

  • 17. 
    What is the ghost of King Hamlet wearing that causes Horatio some concern?
    • A. 

      He was wearing one of Gertrude's gowns

    • B. 

      He was wearing a priest's robe

    • C. 

      He was wearing the same armor he was wearing when he defeated King Forinbras

    • D. 

      He was wearing a pair of devil's horns

  • 18. 
    What is the name of the castle where most of the action in Hamlet takes place?
    • A. 

      Sardis

    • B. 

      Persepolis

    • C. 

      Hattusas

    • D. 

      Elsinore

  • 19. 
    Why doesn't Hamlet just take the ghost's word without proof?
    • A. 

      He's not sure he understood what the ghost was saying

    • B. 

      It could be an evil spirit trying to get him to damn his soul by doing evil deeds

    • C. 

      He doesn't believe that the ghost was real

    • D. 

      He is concerned that the ghost is some sort of Norwegian plot to undermine the Danish royal family

  • 20. 
    Who said: “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life, Now wears his crown.”
    • A. 

      Hamlet

    • B. 

      Laertes

    • C. 

      Polonius

    • D. 

      The Ghost

  • 21. 
    What is a soliloquy? 
    • A. 

      Comparing things without using “like” or “as”

    • B. 

      A speech given by a character alone on the stage that reveals thoughts

    • C. 

      A series of related events that make up a story

    • D. 

      The first half of a play

  • 22. 
    Who tells Hamlet that he is showing 'impious stubbornness' and 'unmanly grief'?
    • A. 

      Claudius

    • B. 

      Horatio

    • C. 

      Polonius

    • D. 

      Ophelia

  • 23. 
    Approximately how much time has passed between the death of King Hamlet and the remarriage of Gertrude to Claudius?
    • A. 

      One year

    • B. 

      Two years

    • C. 

      Six weeks

    • D. 

      Six months

  • 24. 
    Where was Hamlet studying before he returned to Denmark?
    • A. 

      Oslo

    • B. 

      London

    • C. 

      Wittenberg

    • D. 

      Dublin

  • 25. 
    How are Polonius and Laertes related?
    • A. 

      Uncle/nephew

    • B. 

      Brothers

    • C. 

      Father/son

    • D. 

      Cousins

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