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Hamlet Unit Test Senior English Bishop

Name:__________________ Date:___________________ Score: __________________

I. Characters: Fill in the name of the character that the description matches. (2 points each) 1. Prince of Denmark: _________________________ 2. Hamlet mistakenly kills him: _________________________ 3. & 4. The two men sent with Hamlet to England; they carry a secret letter that Hamlet discovers and switches: ____________________ & _____________________ 5. She kills herself by drowning: __________________________ 6. She marries Claudius within two months of her husbands death: ___________________ 7. He meets Hamlet in a duel: ________________________ 8. Prince of Norway: _____________________ 9. Hamlets good friend who sees the ghost: ____________________ 10. Whose ghost does Hamlet see? __________________________ 11. He decides that as a back-up plan he will poison the wine: __________________________ II. Multiple Choice: In the space provided, write the letter of the BEST response. (2 points each) _____1. At the opening of the play, Francisco and the others are guarding the castle against possible attack by: A. the English B. the Danes C. Elsinore D. Fortinbras _____2. Laertes asks his father and Claudius for permission to A. return to Paris B. return to Wittenberg C. travel to England D. remain in Denmark _____3. When Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive, Hamlet is mainly A. happy to see his old friends B. suspicious about their motives C. angry about their role in his fathers death D. irritated that they came for the wedding _____4. Claudius sends Hamlet to England because Claudius wants A. to provide a chance for Hamlet to escape B. to make sure that Hamlet and Ophelia dont marry C. to remove the threat Hamlet poses to him D. to honor Gertrudes wishes to move Hamlet to a safer place _____5. When Hamlet comes across Claudius kneeling in prayer, Hamlet decides not to stab him on the spot because: A. Hamlet thinks that the Ghost is lying about the murder B. Claudius will go straight to heaven C. Gertrude walks in D. Hamlet realizes how upset his mother would be _____6. Hamlet kills Polonius: A. so he wont tell the king about going to his mothers bedroom B. because he mistakes him for Laertes C. in response to a cry from behind the curtain D. out of anger that he cannot have Ophelia _____7. The best word to describe Ophelia after the death of her father is A. mournful B. irrational C. composed D. enraged _____8. With the help of ____________, Hamlet gets off of the ship taking him to England A. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern B. Horatio C. pirates D. soldiers

_____9. Before he dies, Laertes A. thanks heaven that his fathers murderer is dead C. asks Hamlet for forgiveness

B. stabs Claudius D. cradles Gertrudes head in her arms

_____10. After the action at the end of the play, the new leader of Denmark will probably be A. Horatio B. the king of England C. Fortinbras D. Marcellus _____11. Horatio, Laertes, and Fortinbras are all considered Hamlets ___________ A. crises B. foils C. tragedians D. expositions _____12. Which word best describes the tone of the To be or not to be speech? A. patient B. depressed C. optimistic D. enraged _____13. Which function DOESNT the gravediggers scene serve? A. offers comic relief B. gives background information about Hamlets childhood C. foreshadows the death of Laertes and Hamlet D. further evidence that Hamlet is preoccupied with death _____14. The scene where Fortinbras enters with an army, on his way to Poland, is included to show that Hamlets A. ambitiousness outweighs his desire to avenge his fathers death B. unfavorable comparison of himself with Fortinbras puts an end to indecision C. jealousy of Fortinbras is all-consuming D. hatred of Claudius leads Hamlet to consider betraying Denmark _____15. Claudius kneels to pray, but doesnt repent because he A. feels no remorse B. is unwilling to give up what his sins have won for him C. is interrupted by Hamlets entrance D. knows soon that Hamlet will stab him _____16. Why does Hamlet force Claudius to drink the wine at the end of the Act? A. he forgives the king at the end B. he is so concerned about killing the king that he doesnt realize that he is going to die soon. C. he wants the king to die but does not wish for him to suffer anymore D. he is merciless in his determination to see that the King dies _____17. Fortinbrass words at the end Let four captains/Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage show that Fortinbrass attitude toward Hamlet is A. detached B. repulsed C. respectful D. resentful _____18.Hamlets fathers ghost does all of the following EXCEPT A. appears to Gertrude in her chambers B. appears to Horatio, Marcellus, and Barnardo C. tells Hamlet how Claudius murdered him D. demands that Hamlet take revenge on Claudius _____19.What convinces Hamlet of Claudiuss guilt in the death of Hamlets father? A. Claudius looks guilty and cannot sleep at night B. Gertrude confirms Claudiuss role in the death C. The ghost of Hamlets father says Claudius did it D. Claudius has a violent reaction to the play Hamlet stages

_____20.What is the Mouse-trap? A. A childrens game that Hamlet pretends to play B. The trap door Hamlet constructs next to Claudiuss throne C. The play that depicts how Hamlets father was murdered D. Shakespeares first theater _____21. All of the following theories are proposed for Hamlets madness EXCEPT A. Polonius thinks Hamlet is mad with love for Ophelia B. Fortinbras thinks Hamlet is mad with power and ambition C. Gertrude thinks Hamlet is mad with grief over his fathers death D. Ophelia thinks Hamlet has simply gone mad _____22. Which of Claudius and Laertes traps succeeds in killing Hamlet? A. The poisoned cup B. The sharpened sword C. The poisoned sword _____23. Who does Polonius send to France to spy on Laertes? A. Reynaldo B. Ophelia C. Horatio D. Marcellus _____24. Which of the following is NOT a problem with Hamlet or the play Hamlet, according to our Lecture article? A. Hamlets delay B. Many interpretations of Hamlet C. Hamlet is crazy/has gone mad D. Hamlet is in love with his mother _____25. According to our article Lecture on Hamlet, what is the best reason for Hamlets delay? A. Hamlet is actually a woman in love with Horatio B. Hamlet has an Oedipus complex/psychological problem C. Hamlet is too good for the world/cannot kill people D. Hamlets delay is a function of the play/length III. Matching: Match the correct definition with the word. Write the letting on the line provided. (2 points each)

D. The poisoned pearl

1. _____Aside 2. _____Soliloquy 3. _____Hamartia 4. _____Monologue 5. _____Catharsis

6. _____Play-within-a-Play

7. _____Foreshadowing


_____Denouement _____Tragic Hero

A. use of hints or clues to suggest what action is to come B. a long, uninterrupted speech that is spoken in the presence of other characters C. A character that has a reversal of fortune D. Secondary performances that mimic drama E. short speech heard by the audience but not by the other characters in the play F. An emotional release or purging of emotions G. a longer speech, in which a character, alone on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud H. Tragic flaw I. Cause and effect chain leading from the incentive moment to the climax

IV. Fill in the blank: Choose the appropriate word from the word bank to make the sentence complete. (1 point each) APPARITION ENTREAT JOCUND ASSAIL PORTENTOUS USURP PRIVY


I _________ my father to let me use the car.

2. When you ________me with your cruel words, I am hurt. 3. He cannot _______ the throne and not expect any retaliation. 4. The situation became possibly _________ when she slapped him across the face.
5. After winning the competition, I was very ___________. 6. My friends trust me so I am always ________ to what is going on with them. 7. The ___________ appeared before me giving me a fright! 8. V. Understanding Soliloquies: In the space provided, write the letter of the BEST response. (2 points each) Read the passage below and answer the following questions. O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this! But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two: So excellent a king; that was, to this, Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth! Must I remember? why, she would hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on: and yet, within a month-Let me not think on't--Frailty, thy name is woman!-_____1. This speech opens (1-6) with Hamlet thinking about a. his fathers death b. his mothers marriage c. suicide d. his political career _____2. His in line 4 refers to a. flesh b. Claudius c. The ghost d. The Everlasting _____3. The unweeded garden is a metaphor for




a. b. c. d.

the royal court the world Denmark His mothers new marriage

_____4. Lines 10-15 depict King Hamlet and Gertrudes marriage as a. difficult b. abusive c. ideal d. strained _____5. Hamlets main lament in this passage is that a. he has been dispossessed of power b. he cannot deal with the speed with which his mother remarried c. his mother has married a man who is unworthy d. Hamlet refuses to bend to his uncles authority Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! Is it not monstrous that this player here But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit That from her working all his visage wann'd, Tears in his eyes, distraction in's aspect, A broken voice, and his whole function suiting With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing, For Hecuba! What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, That he should weep for her? What would he do Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have? He would drown the stage with tears And cleave the general ear with horrid speech, Make mad the guilty and appal the free, Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed The very faculties of eyes and ears; Yet I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause, And can say nothing; no, not for a king, Upon whose property and most dear life A damn'd defeat was made. _____1. Hamlet opens this speech by commenting on a. the marriage of his mother b. the spying that has been going on c. an actors emotion d. his own wild imagination _____2. Her in line 5 refers to a. the conceit b. Gertrude c. Ophelia d. the dream _____3. Hamlet refers to himself to a rogue and peasant slave because




a. b. c. d.

though he has motive, he has not acted he cannot think of a play for the players to perform he is amazed by the actors ability to remember lines he is going to trick Hamlet

_____4. In his speech, the comparison is made between a. Hecuba and Hamlet b. Hamlet and an actor c. Hamlet and a rogue d. Hamlet and John-a-dreams _____5. The image in line 14 is significant because it recalls a. the ghost b. Prince Fortinbras c. the marriage of Claudius and Gertrude d. the manner of King Hamlets murder Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. How all occasions do inform against me, And spur my dull revenge! What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure, he that made us with such large discourse Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unused. Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event-A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward, I do not know Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do,' Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means To do't. _____1. Hamlets question in lines 2-4 implies that a. he is not making profitable use of his time b. thought and reflection separate humans from beasts c. he has not had enough sleep d. man is good at eating and sleeping _____2. Hamlets revenge is dull because a. he has not thought about it for a while b. he has changed his mind c. he has blunted it in so many failed attempts d. he still has not acted on it _____3. Thing in line 13 means a. confront his mother b. kill Claudius c. fight Laertes d. lead an army into battle



_____4. At this point in the play, Hamlet himself summarizes his inaction as a. stupidity b. bestial oblivion c. thinking too precisely d. cowardice _____5. What event in the play spurs this soliloquy? a. his murder of Polonius b. hearing about the death of Ophelia c. Seeing Fortinbras army preparing to attack Poland d. his failed opportunity to kill Claudius while Claudius is praying Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. To be, or not to be: that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life, For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? _____1. The question Hamlet asks in line 1 concerns a. action b. Suicide c. Courage d. Gods law _____2. Sleep in line 5-15 refers to a. Inaction b. Unconsciousness c. Death d. Suffering _____3. Hamlets dominant attitude as revealed in these lines is one of a. Anger b. Acceptance c. Spitefulness d. Indecision




_____4. Mortal coil in line 12 refers to a. Hamlets life b. That which threatens Hamlet c. His burden in life d. A weapon _____5. The rub Hamlet refers to in line 10 is a. An irritant b. A massage c. An obstacle or problem d. Murder Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry And lose the name of action. _____1. Traveler in line 3 can best be understood to mean a. Cowards b. Those who are alive c. Those who have died d. Heroes _____2. According to Hamlet, why do we bear those ills we have? a. Because we were made to suffer b. Because we are oblivious to suffering c. Because suffering gives us dignity d. Because death is unknown _____3. Hamlet puts down/mocks the pale cast of thought because a. It is exhausting b. It interferes with action c. It is unreliable d. It makes us bear our ills _____4. Lines 7-8 suggest that as humans we naturally want to a. Die b. Think c. Act d. Forget _____5. Enterprises of great pith and moment refers to a. Hamlets grab for power


b. c.


Hamlets love for Ophelia All the spying and scheming that has been going on Hamlets death


Quotation Identification: Identify the speaker of the following quotes. (2 points each)

1. Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, to give these mourning duties to your father, But you must know your father lost a father, That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound In filial obligation for some term To do obsequious sorrow. ______________________________ 2. Sleeping within my orchard, My custom always in the afternoon, Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole With juice of cursed hebona in a vial, And in the porches of my ear did pour The leperous distilment


3. O speak to me no more. These words like daggers enter in my ears. No more, sweet Hamlet. ________________________________ 4. The plays the thing, Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the king. _______________________________ 5. It is here, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou art slain; No medcine in the world can do thee good. In thee there is not half an hours life. The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, Unbated and envenomed. The foul practice Hath turned itself on me. Lo, here I lie, Never to rise again. Thy mothers poisoned. I can no more. The King, the Kings to blame.


6. O that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon gainst self-slaughter. ________________________________ 7. Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.


8. Now might I do it pat, now a is a-praying. And now Ill dot. And so a goes to heaven, And so am I revenged. That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and for that I, his sole son, do this same villain, send to heaven. ________________________ IV. Short Answer: In a brief response (1 paragraph) respond to the following questions (12 points each for 1 and 2, 13 points for 3) 1. Explain why it takes so long for Hamlet to avenge the death of his father.

2. Support the following statement: All of the characters who die in Hamlet are tainted by the corruption of the Danish Court.

3. Explain what Sir Francis Bacon meant by this statement, One who studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. In addition, would he agree or disagree with Hamlet seeking revenge? Support your answer with Bacons ideas from the article On Revenge.