Hamlet Study Guide 1.Who are Hamlet’s parents? 2.What is the setting...

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Hamlet Study Guide
1.Who are Hamlet’s parents?
2.What is the setting of the play?
3.How old is Hamlet at the time of the play?
4.How does Claudius poison Hamlet’s father?
5.How long after Hamlet’s father’s death does his mother remarry?
6.Who drinks too much?
7.Who is the aggressive Prince of Norway?
8.Who is the advisor to the king (Claudius)?
9.Who is Ophelia’s brother?
10.Who returns Hamlet’s gifts?
11.Does Hamlet really love Ophelia?
12.How does the Queen feel about Ophelia and Hamlet’s relationship?
13.What is the mousetrap?
14.Why is the mousetrap dangerous to Hamlet?
15.Does the audience ever hear Claudius admit guilt?
16.Who pretends madness?
17.Who is truly mad?
18.How does Polonius die?
19.Who escorts Hamlet to England?
20.How does Hamlet return to Denmark?
21.Who is executed in England?
22.Whose skull does Hamlet find in the graveyard?
23.Who fights with Hamlet in the graveyard?
24.Why is Ophelia’s burial questionable?
25.Who accidentally drinks poison?
26.Who finally implicates Claudius?
27.How does Hamlet kill Laertes?
28.Do Laertes and Hamlet die hating one another?
29.How does Hamlet kill Claudius?
30.Who is named King of Denmark at the end of the play?
31.Who lives on to tell Hamlet’s story?
Short answer: What purpose in the play does Ophelia’s madness serve?
What is the purpose of the humorous graveyard scene?
What is ironic about Hamlet’s decision not to kill Claudius at his prayers?
What is ironic about these lines? “…I, with swings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, may sweep to my revenge”
What may we infer about Hamlet’s character from these lines? “How weary stale flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world. Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature possess it merely.”
Why does Hamlet say “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I”?
1.Frailty, thy name is woman”
2.“Sweets to the sweet”
3.“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”
After seeing?
4.“The lady protests too much, me thinks”
After seeing?
5.“Get thee to a nunnery”
Spoken to?
6.“This above all, to thine own self be true”
Spoken to?
Essay: What does Polonius mean when he says” By indirections find directions out”? Give three examples of this theme in the play. Explain how they are examples of deception, and what truth the character is trying to learn.

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