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Hamlet

William Shakespeare

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1. Whom does Polonius send to France to spy on Laertes?

2. Where does the ghost appear during the play?

3. How did Claudius murder King Hamlet?

4. Where is the university at which Horatio and Hamlet studied?

5. Whose skull does Hamlet discover in the churchyard?

6. Which of the following characters cannot see the ghost?

7. Who escorts Hamlet on the voyage to England?

8. Where do Hamlet and Laertes fight during Ophelia’s funeral?

9. Which of the following characters survive the play?

10. What does Hamlet claim to be able to tell the difference between when the wind is from the south?

11. In whose history of Denmark did Shakespeare find background material for his play?

12. How does Ophelia die?

13. Whose story does Hamlet ask the players to tell upon their arrival to Elsinore?

14. Why, according to Polonius, has Hamlet gone mad?

15. Who is the last character to die in the play?

16. How many characters die during the course of the play?

17. Who speaks the famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy?

18. In what country do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die?

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

20. Who killed Fortinbras’s father?

21. Which character speaks the first line of the play?

22. In which of the following years was Hamlet most likely written?

23. Which of Claudius and Laertes’ traps for Hamlet succeeds in killing him?

24. Which character speaks from beneath the stage toward the end of Act I?

25. Who returns Hamlet to Denmark after his exile?

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Shakespeare Blog

by DanMitchell23, March 21, 2013

A view on Shakespeare's most well known play...

http://inbetweenthelines1.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/shakespeare-play-hamlet/

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"blind rationalist"?

by Gnostradamus, July 31, 2013

A rationalist, by definition, is logical. And if he--not his friend, not his mother, not his pastor--sees a ghost, he will acknowledge as such. That's why Horatio freely admitted upon seeing the evidence. So I'm not sure what "blind rationalist" means.

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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"

by ReadingShakespeareby450th, January 27, 2014

Revenge, ambition, lust and conspiracy return to the heads of those that conjured them in Hamlet, completely annihilating two families--the innocent with the guilty. Check out my blog on the play (includes current link to PBS Great Performance video of production of play):

http://ow.ly/t0bmb

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