Hamlet Play Trivia Questions! Quiz

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Hamlet Play Trivia Questions! Quiz

What do you know about Shakespeare’s Hamlet? William Shakespeare was born in the late 1500s, and he died in the early 1600s. He produced most of his works between 1589 and 1613. Most of his first plays were comedies until 1608 when he began writing tragedies, such as the play Hamlet. Try this quiz and tell how much you understand about one of the most revered plays of all time.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The ghost first appears in the play in Act One, scene three.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    ___ tells Hamlet "'Tis unmanly grief."
  • 3. 
    The protagonist of Hamlet is:
    • A. 

      Hamlet

    • B. 

      Claudius

    • C. 

      Rosencrantz

  • 4. 
    The antagonist of Hamlet is:
    • A. 

      Polonius

    • B. 

      Hamlet

    • C. 

      Claudius

  • 5. 
    What does Hamlet reveal when he says "The play's the thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king"?
    • A. 

      His plot to elope with Ophelia

    • B. 

      His plot to expose the king's guilt

    • C. 

      His intent to be entertained

  • 6. 
    How did Claudius murder King Hamlet?
    • A. 

      By stabbing him

    • B. 

      By ordering him to be hanged

    • C. 

      By pouring poison in his ear

  • 7. 
    Ophelia dies by drowning in a river.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    A group of monks return Hamlet to Denmark after his exile.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Why, according to Polonius, has Hamlet gone mad?
    • A. 

      He is in love with Ophelia

    • B. 

      He grieves too much for his father

    • C. 

      He misses college and longs to return

  • 10. 
    Who speaks the famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy?
    • A. 

      Claudius

    • B. 

      Horatio

    • C. 

      Hamlet

  • 11. 
    Who is Hamlet's best friend?
    • A. 

      Laertes

    • B. 

      Bernardo

    • C. 

      Horatio

  • 12. 
    Why does Hamlet decide not to kill Claudius after the traveling players’ play?
    • A. 

      Claudius is praying.

    • B. 

      Gertrude is in the next room.

    • C. 

      Claudius is sleeping

  • 13. 
    What year was Shakespeare born?
    • A. 

      1616

    • B. 

      1764

    • C. 

      1564

  • 14. 
    William Shakespeare died in 1616.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Hamlet and Laertes had a fist fight in Ophelia's grave.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Polonius is Horatio and Ophelia's father.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    _____ is Hamlet's mother and aunt.
  • 18. 
    _____ kills Polonius.
  • 19. 
    The genre of Hamlet is ________.
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