William Shakespeare's Hamlet Story Quiz

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Hamlet shows us the story of Prince Hamlet, who learns of his mother’s betrothal to her uncle even before he gets to bury his dead father. This causes a chain of events that leaves the reader of a watcher of the play glued to the book. Do you know the story well? Take the quiz below and see how much you remember of the story.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who does Barnardo describe as the 'rivals of his watch'?

    • A.

      Horatio and Marcellus

    • B.

      Hamlet and Francisco

    • C.

      Horatio and Francisco

    • D.

      Marcellus and Francisco

    Correct Answer
    A. Horatio and Marcellus
    Explanation
    Barnardo describes Horatio and Marcellus as the 'rivals of his watch'. This suggests that Horatio and Marcellus are also part of the watch, or the group of guards who are responsible for keeping watch during the night. They are likely to be competing with Barnardo for the role of being the most vigilant and dedicated guards.

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  • 2. 

    Who says 'This bodes some strange eruption to our state'?

    • A.

      Marcellus

    • B.

      The ghost

    • C.

      Horatio

    • D.

      Hamlet

    Correct Answer
    C. Horatio
    Explanation
    Horatio says 'This bodes some strange eruption to our state'. This line is spoken by Horatio in Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Horatio is a close friend of Hamlet and he is present when the ghost of King Hamlet appears. He expresses his concern about the appearance of the ghost and its potential implications for the kingdom, suggesting that something strange and significant is about to happen.

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  • 3. 

    Who says in Act 1 Scene 2, 'In that and all things will we show our duty'?

    • A.

      Hamlet and Laertes

    • B.

      Barnardo and Francisco

    • C.

      Voltemand and Cornelius

    • D.

      Guildenstern and Rosencrantz

    Correct Answer
    C. Voltemand and Cornelius
    Explanation
    In Act 1 Scene 2, Voltemand and Cornelius say, 'In that and all things will we show our duty'.

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  • 4. 

    Who says 'Not so my lord, I am too much i'th'sun'?

    • A.

      Claudius

    • B.

      Gertrude

    • C.

      Ophelia

    • D.

      Hamlet

    Correct Answer
    D. Hamlet
    Explanation
    In Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," the character Hamlet says the line "Not so my lord, I am too much i'th'sun." This line is spoken by Hamlet in Act 1, Scene 2, when he is speaking to his uncle Claudius, who has just become the new king of Denmark. Hamlet is expressing his grief and sadness over the death of his father, King Hamlet, and his frustration with his mother, Gertrude, for marrying Claudius so soon after his father's death. The line reflects Hamlet's melancholic and introspective nature, as he feels overwhelmed by the weight of his emotions.

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  • 5. 

    Who tells Hamlet that he is showing 'impious stubbornness' and 'unmanly grief'?

    • A.

      Gertrude

    • B.

      Claudius

    • C.

      Horatio

    • D.

      Ophelia

    Correct Answer
    B. Claudius
    Explanation
    Claudius tells Hamlet that he is showing 'impious stubbornness' and 'unmanly grief'.

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  • 6. 

    Which mythical figure does Hamlet compare Gertrude to in Act 1 Scene 2?

    • A.

      Niobe

    • B.

      Hecuba

    • C.

      Zeus

    • D.

      Hercules

    Correct Answer
    A. Niobe
    Explanation
    In Act 1 Scene 2 of Hamlet, the titular character compares his mother, Gertrude, to Niobe. Niobe is a mythical figure from Greek mythology known for her excessive pride and arrogance. She boasted about her many children, which angered the gods. As a result, her children were killed, and she was turned into stone, forever weeping for her loss. Hamlet's comparison suggests that he sees Gertrude as a figure consumed by pride and oblivious to the consequences of her actions.

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  • 7. 

    Who says 'I doubt some foul play'?

    • A.

      Gertrude

    • B.

      Horatio

    • C.

      Marcellus

    • D.

      Hamlet

    Correct Answer
    D. Hamlet
    Explanation
    Hamlet says "I doubt some foul play" in Act 1, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's play. This line is spoken by Hamlet after the Ghost appears to him and his friends. He suspects that there may be some sinister motive or deception behind the Ghost's appearance. Hamlet's doubt and suspicion indicate his cautious and analytical nature, as he is not easily convinced or swayed by appearances.

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  • 8. 

    What sort of character does Ophelia tell Laertes not to be like?

    • A.

      'a reckless libertine'

    • B.

      'a sorrowful brother'

    • C.

      'a double blessing'

    • D.

      'a jealous infant'

    Correct Answer
    A. 'a reckless libertine'
    Explanation
    In this question, Ophelia advises Laertes not to be like a "reckless libertine." A libertine is someone who lives an immoral and unrestrained lifestyle, often indulging in excessive pleasure and disregarding social norms. Ophelia warns Laertes against adopting such behavior, suggesting that it is undesirable and could lead to negative consequences.

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