A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. In which of these quotations do you find an example of irony?
A. "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven
_____ 2. One situation in which Hamlet is contrasted with Laertes is underscored when Laertes says,
B. "Do not as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven"
C. "This visitation Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose."
A. "Cut his throat 'i th' church"
_____ 3. "I am more an antique Roman than a Dane" is spoken by
B. "And keep you in the rear of your affection"
C. "I am justly killed with mine own treachery."
A. Horatio, when endeavoring to kill himself
_____ 4. The impassioned performance of the Player King leads Hamlet to say,
B. Laertes, when demanding the truth from Claudius
C. Osric, when declaring his loyalty to the king
A. "What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba That he should weep for her?"
_____ 5. "Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind" is said by
B. "How all occasions do inform against me And spur my dull revenge"
C. "O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
A. Queen Gertrude to her son
_____ 6. Which of the following statements is true?
B. Hamlet to Guildenstern
C. Ophelia to Hamlet
A. Hamlet compared himself favorably to Fortinbras
_____ 7. One thing that Hamlet does not complain about in his "To be,
or not to be" soliloquy is the
B. There is ample proof that Gertrude took part in her husband's murder
C. Polonius sent Reynaldo to France to spy on Laertes.
A. law's delay
_____ 8. The priest is reluctant to participate in Ophelia's funeral because
B. primrose path
C. pangs of despised love
A. the ground was unsanctified
_____ 9. The significant thing about a heroic couplet such as "Foul deeds will rise, / Though all
the earth o'erwhelm them to men's eyes" is that it
B. he felt that she had committed suicide
C. she lacked prayers, shards, and flints
A. indicates the end of a scene
_____ 10. King Hamlet's death is attributed to a
B. is an example of iambic pentameter
C. balances the blank verse
A. poisonous snake bite
B. heart attack
C. leprous distillment
11. Go through the many deaths in Hamlet. In what way is each brought on by the character himself
or herself and so part of what is called poetic justice?
12. How does Hamlet's advice to the players relate to the theme and action of Hamlet.
13. What does Hamlet learn from the gravedigger?
14. How does the First Player's "Hecuba" speech reinforce the themes of the play?
15. "Tragedy," wrote the critic Eric Bentley, "is extraordinarily
dependent on comedy." Discuss what he meant by this, and cite five
examples of it in Hamlet.
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