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Quiz in Hamlet

Quiz Examples in Hamlet:

Act II - Scene I

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"bended their light on me...."   (Act II - Scene I)

What does Ophelia mean by "bended their light on me"?

"He took me by the wrist and held me hard; Then goes he to the length of all his arm,..."   (Act II - Scene I)

In terms of drama, why does Shakespeare have Ophelia tell us about Hamlet's actions instead of having Hamlet perform the scene on stage?

"do know my son,..."   (Act II - Scene I)

Who is Polonius's son?

"My lord, I do not know, But truly I do fear it...."   (Act II - Scene I)

Dramatic irony exists when the audience knows more than the characters know in a given situation. How is Ophelia’s exchange with Hamlet an example of dramatic irony?

"This is the very ecstasy of love,..."   (Act II - Scene I)

How does Polonius interpret Hamlet's mad behavior?

"Exeunt..."   (Act II - Scene I)

What does this scene reveal about Polonius's character?

"For some must watch, while some must sleep: Thus runs the world away...."   (Act III - Scene II)

Thinking of Hamlet's III.i "To be or not to be" soliloquy where he equates sleep with death, who here "must watch" and who "must sleep"?

"may miss our name..."   (Act IV - Scene I)

What is it that King Claudius hopes "may miss" his name, and what does this thing do?

"this vile deed..."   (Act IV - Scene I)

What vile deed is King Claudius referring to and why must they "countenance and excuse"?

"In his lawless fit, Behind the arras hearing something stir,..."   (Act IV - Scene I)

What did Hamlet do in "his lawless fit"?

"speech sleeps in a foolish ear...."   (Act IV - Scene II)

The phrase "speech sleeps in foolish ears" is an allusion to what two previous events in Hamlet?

" No, faith, not a jot..."   (Act V - Scene I)

What does Hamlet mean when he says this to Horatio: "No, faith, not a jot"?

"I tell thee she is; therefore make her grave straight. The crowner hath sat on her, and finds it Christian burial...."   (Act V - Scene I)

Why is it important that we know that Ophelia is getting a Christian burial: "The crowner hath sat on her, and finds it Christian burial"?

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