Hamlet Comprehension Quiz

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ela 30-1 challenges reading comprehension read all questions and instructions carefully page 1 of 15

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multiple choice 50 marks choose the best answer for each of the following questions 1 the plays opening words whos there serve to a heighten the mood b create a light whimsical mood c establish a mysterious foreboding mood d generate a serene and peaceful atmosphere 2 in act i scene 2 claudius refers to hamlets obstinate condolement meaning hamlets a stubborn convalescence b excessive anger c stubborn moodiness d excessive mourning 3 claudius refusal to let hamlet return to wittenberg shows us that he is a intelligent b telepathic c jealous d cruel e angry 4 hamlets initial reaction to news of the ghost act i scene 2 is best described as a joy b sadness c anticipation d apprehension 5 polonius is best described as a pompous b hypocritical c selfish d vain e foolish 6 in describing the loss of denmarks respect among another nations act 1 scene 4 as a result of claudius drunken carousing hamlet deduces that a an individual cannot by themselves ruin a countrys reputation b an individuals faults can override their virtues leading to their downfall c an individuals faults cannot override their virtues leading to their downfall d an individual cannot by themselves stop a rogue leader page 2 of 15

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7 hamlets decision to follow the ghost alone helps to demonstrate a his lack of faith in god b his lack of faith in the powers of justice c the lack of value he places on his life d the lack of value he places on his horatios friendship 8 fortinbras emerges as a character foil to hamlet primarily because a he acted quickly and decisively ignoring possible dangers b he acted slowly taking careful measure of the situation c he acted deliberately never forgetting his true goal d he too has feigned insanity as a method of acquiring revenge e he actually went mad as a result of the grievous wrongs committed against him 9 in act ii scene 2 hamlet calls polonius a fishmonger polonius responses during the conversation reveal his own a ability to produce witty responses b inability to analyze another persons actions c distaste for vulgar phrases d insecurity about his reputation 10 calling himself a dull and muddy-mettled rascal unpregnant of his cause act ii scene 2shows hamlets a disappointment with his own delaying and stalling b anger with claudius delaying and stalling c disappointment in ophelia for denying his advances d realization that he lacks intelligence and ability 11 in act ii scene 2 hamlet exclaims he that plays the king shall be welcome which is an example of irony because a he considers claudius to be acting in the role of king b he believes acting the part is as important as actually being a king c he is still dismayed by his mothers choice of husband d he has always wanted to see polonius depiction of caesar 12 one of the figures compared with polonius through allusion is a fortinbras who attacked poland at the advice of his uncle b horatio whom hamlet admired for his integrity and reason c jepthah who unwittingly sacrificed a beloved daughter d priam the king whos son slew achilles and prompted the revenge of pyrrhus page 3 of 15

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13 in hamlets to be or not to be soliloquy act iii scene 1 one of the courses of action he considers is taking arms against a sea of troubles meaning he would a stage a military coup against claudius b finance an invading armys attack upon claudius c take immediate and decisive action against claudius d take claudius arms in a symbolic amputation 14 what does hamlet refer to as undiscoverd country a the polish countryside b something after death c fortinbras objective d ophelias intentions e his fathers fate 15 the main idea of the to be or not to be soliloquy is best expressed in the phrase a to be or not to be that is the question b to die to sleep to sleep perchance to dream ay there s the rub c thus conscience does make cowards of us all d thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o er with the pale cast of thought 16 when hamlet warns ophelia get thee to a nunnery he is most likely suggesting that a she is a strumpet in need of divine guidance b she go to a place safe from the corruption that infects denmarks court c he is so infatuated with her that she should go to a convent for her own safety d he doesnt care for her never cared for her and wants her as far away from him as possible 17 according to hamlet act iii scene 2 horatio is best described as a valiant b spiritless c patrician1 d indifferent honest e stoic 2 1 2 a person of refined upbringing manners and tastes one who is seemingly unaffected by pleasure or pain impassive page 4 of 15

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18 hamlets reaction to proving claudius guilt is best described as a indifferent and apathetic b horror and disgust c elation and relief d calculated and understated pleasure 19 by slaying polonius hamlet has a further stirred his thirst for royal blood b eliminated one more obstacle on his path to vengeance c provided an even sounder basis for claudius to send him to england d made it difficult for claudius to rationalize sending him to england 20 ophelias madness is best described as an example of irony because a she is in love with the melancholy dane b she previously spoke of hamlets oerthrown mind c she previously spoke of being watchman to [her heart d her state of mind demonstrates the rot spreading through denmark 21 laertes return firmly establishes his role as a character foil to hamlet in that a he too lost a father under suspicious circumstances b his impetuous actions are comparable to hamlets continual delays c also losing a sister makes him more sympathetic than hamlet d attempting to overthrow claudius can be juxtaposed with hamlets subtler treason e all of the above 22 claudius first response upon hearing of polonius death o heavy deed it had been so with us had we been there act iv scene 1 indicates his a anguish b self-interest c alarm d thoughtfulness e temperament 23 the theme of hamlets to be or not to be soliloquy is best described as a a serious meditation on suicide b a lamentation over the loss of his one true love c a lamentation over the loss of honesty in elsinore d a general exposition on the best course of action when faced with a dilemma e a general exposition on the best method for ridding himself of ophelia page 5 of 15

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24 hamlets return to denmark is most notable for a his sudden preference for earth tones and other shades natural and valid b his continued delay after promising his thoughts be bloody or nothing worth c continued faith in his friend horatio while ignoring the threat put forth by laertes d his inability to properly grieve polonius murder and ophelias mysterious death e all of the above 25 hamlet in asking horatio to clear his wounded name seeks primarily to a be remembered as man of royal nature and regal worth b ensure his name is remembered in context with being a worthy heir to the throne c ensure his name is remembered in context with restoring the honour of the throne d ensure laertes execution should he somehow survive after hamlet dies e ensure fortinbras claim to the danish throne is accepted questions 26 ­ 28 are derived from the following excerpt o that this too too-solid flesh would melt thaw and resolve itself into a dew or that the everlasting had not fixd his canon gainst self-slaughter god o god how weary stale flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world fie ont o fie tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed things rank and gross in nature possess it merely that it should come to this act i scene 2 lines 129-137 26 hamlet in his first soliloquy is giving voice to a his anger with claudius b his rage towards ophelia c his lack of purpose d the end of his fathers reign 27 hamlets metaphor describing this world as an unweeded garden that grows to seed refers to a claudius effect on those surrounding him b claudius effect on the entire nation c claudius and gertrudes hasty marriage d young fortinbras impending attack e claudius ineptitude in royal matters page 6 of 15

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28 hamlets defining trait at this point in the play is best voiced when he exclaims a how weary stale flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world b fie ont o fie c o that this too too-solid flesh would melt thaw and resolve itself into a dew d tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed things rank and gross in nature possess it merely e that it should come to this questions 30 ­ 32 are derived from the following excerpt what a piece of work is a man how noble in reason how infinite in faculty in form and moving how express and admirable in action how like an angel in apprehension how like a god the beauty of the world the paragon of animals and yet to me what is this quintessence of dust man delights not me no nor woman either act ii scene2 lines 303 ­ 310 29 which of the following emotions are expressed most clearly in hamlets words a fury b grief c melancholy d fear e disgust 30 at first hamlet seems to think mankind is a doomed to failure b capable of greatness bordering on perfection c incapable of greatness bordering on perfection d succeeding marvelously in gods plan 31 he concludes by declaring his a hatred of women misogyny b satisfaction in being proven right about mans dismal fate c belief that men are inherently better than women d distaste at the current example being set by those around him page 7 of 15

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32 this passage could be described as a summary of a hamlets renaissance3 views b hamlets antiquated4 opinions c claudius confidence in hamlets eventual failure d ophelias distress first with hamlets madness then with gertrudes role in causing it questions 33 ­ 35 are derived from the following excerpt o what a noble mind is here oerthrown the courtiers soldiers scholars eye tongue sword the expectancy and rose of the fair state the glass of fashion and the mould of form the observed of all observers quite quite down 33 ophelias response to hamlets odd behaviour is best described as an a confirmation of her own suicidal tendencies b sympathetic comment on hamlets disarray comparing him to various citizens and body parts c agonized comparison between hamlets antic disposition to the hamlet she knew and loved d inconsolable lament towards her destruction of hamlets mind a grievous crime in her mind 34 her description of hamlet is best described as a fawning admiration b crazed grief and excessive melancholy c dismayed grief d frenzied unfocused rage 35 ophelia is most upset at hamlets apparent madness because she a drove him to it b loved him c recognizes her fathers cruel intent d sees the folly of her ways continue on next page 3 learned person especially in the humanities someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines 4 too old to be fashionable suitable or useful page 8 of 15

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questions 36 to 39 are derived from the following poem spring charlotte e reedy it was not easy that year to teach hamlet for whenever we talked of ophelia blank-eyed and staring singing snatches of songs there was the image of marys mother lost in a religion of her own laughing to herself and smiling and really seeing no one it was hard to talk of incestial sheets when helens own cousin had raped her and she only seventeen had been too scared to share the horror until an abortion was out of the question and while the kids pondered if hamlet really loved ophelia and if she really loved him i alone faced the dissolution of my own marriage and frequently contemplated suicide were it not for my own daughters life parallels literature too often and often life is much crueler than any made-up play 5 10 15 20 25 30 36 which of the following is not an example of parallels found between the poem and hamlet s plot a marys mother lost in a religion of her own b helens fear of speaking out c students pondering hamlets love for ophelia d the poets own struggle with depression page 9 of 15

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37 significant irony is reflected in the fact that a marys mother was suffering as well b hamlet actually loved ophelia c the students ponder collaboratively while their teacher must suffer alone d life is more cruel than a fictional drama 38 the examples of parallel structure in this poem most likely serve to a reinforce the poets emphasis on the parallels found between life and literature b reinforce the poets thematic emphasis on hamlets exploration of existentialism c distract from the poets inability to rhyme d mimic the structure of an english sonnet 39 the poems theme is best expressed in the words a life parallels literature too often and often life is much crueler than any made-up play lines 26-30 b there was the image of marys mother lost in a religion of her own laughing to herself and smiling and really seeing no one lines 7-11 c it was not easy that year to teach hamlet lines 1-2 d i alone faced the dissolution of my own marriage and frequently contemplated suicide lines 22-24 continued on next page page 10 of 15

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questions 40 to 45 are based on the following poem this found poem was developed by using direct quotations from the bible political speeches newspaper and magazine articles and books blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of the scoffer ­ the man who does not denigrate depreciate denunciate who is not characteristically intemperate who does not excuse retreat equivocate and will be heard ah giorgione!5 there are those who mongrelize and those who heighten anything they touch although it may well be that if giorgiones self-portrait were not said to be he it might not take my fancy blessed the geniuses who know that egomania is not a duty diversity controversy tolerance ­ in that citadel of learning we have a fort that ought to armor us well blessed is the man who takes the risk of a decision asks himself the question would it solve the problem is it right as i see it is it in the best interests of all alas ulysses companions6 are now political ­ living self-indulgently until the moral sense is drowned 15 5 10 having lost all power of comparison thinking license emancipates one slaves whom they 20 themselves have bound brazen authors downright soiled and downright spoiled as if sound and exceptional are the old quasi-modish counterfeit mitin-proofing7 conscience against character 25 affronted by private lies and public shame blessed is the author who favors what the supercilious8 do not favor ­ who will not comply blessed the unaccommodating man giorgione ­ 15th century italian painter ulysses companions ­ ulysses shipwrecked companions were transformed into animals and chose to remain that way despite having the opportunity to be restored to human form 7 mitin-proofing ­ applying a protective coating 8 supercilious ­ contemptuous disdainful 6 5 page 11 of 15

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blessed is the man whose faith is different 30 from possessiveness ­ of a kind not framed by things which do appear 9 ­ who will not visualize defeat too intent to cower whose illuminated eye has seen the shaft that gilds10 the sultans tower marianne moore 1887-1972 american poet 40 in lines 12 to 13 that citadel of learning refers to an environment that is a military b political c religious d academic 41 the word armor line 13 suggests that diversity controversy tolerance will a guarantee future success b create a reliance on change c provide protection against ignorance d cause aggression toward threatening forces 42 in the context of lines 14 to 16 the person who takes the risk of a decision is described as admirable because he a seeks the advice of peers b commits to a higher purpose c admits personal inadequacies d commits to a dangerous choice 43 the word that signals a contrast to hope or expectation is a ah line 6 b alas line 17 c self-indulgently line 18 d counterfeit line 24 44 the diction in lines 30 to 35 specifically celebrates the man who a perseveres despite having nothing to show for his efforts b appreciates artistic endeavour despite lacking talent c judges others by the evidence of their actions d gives generously to all who are in need 9 35 faith is not framed by things which do appear ­ an allusion to the bible meaning that faith isnot based on the concrete appearance of things 10 gilds ­ covers with a layer of gold page 12 of 15

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45 the idea blessed is the man whose faith is different from possessiveness ­ of a kind not framed by things which do appear is best reflected in hamlet when hamlet says a seems madam nay it is i know not seems act i scene 2 b you cannot sir take from me any thing that i will more willingly part withal except my life except my life except my life act 2 scene 2 c you shall not budge you go not till i set you up a glass where you may see the inmost part of you act 3 scene 4 d rightly to be great is not to stir without great argument but greatly to find quarrel in a straw when honour s at the stake act iv scene 4 continued on next page page 13 of 15

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questions 46 to 50 are based on the following poem what are years what is our innocence what is our guilt all are naked none is safe and whence is courage the unanswered question the resolute doubt -dumbly calling deafly listening ­ that in misfortune even death encourages others and in its defeat stirs the soul to be strong he sees deep and is glad who accedes to mortality and in his imprisonment rises upon himself as the sea in a chasm struggling to be free and unable to be in its surrendering finds its continuing so he who strongly feels behaves the very bird grown taller as he sings steels11 his form straight up though he is captive his mighty singing says satisfaction is a lowly thing how pure a thing is joy this is mortality this is eternity marianne moore 1887-1972 american poet 46 in context the statement all are naked none is safe lines 2 to 3 reinforces the poems central idea regarding our a inescapable mortality b personal shortcomings c vulnerability to the judgements of others d vulnerability in the face of hostile circumstances 11 steels ­ braces or strengthens reinvigorates page 14 of 15

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47 in lines 1 to 10 the poet suggests that inner strength arises from a cultivating caution b living a faultless life c persevering despite our limitations d devoting ourselves to the less fortunate 48 in the context of the poem accedes to line 12 means a fears b seeks c accepts d promotes 49 the word choice in lines 19 to 25 reinforces the concept of a duty b humility c irrepressibility d lightheartedness 50 the couplets at the end of each stanza reinforce the idea that a happiness is an illusion b existence is paradoxical c opposite experiences cannot be reconciled d death does not erase the memory of a person 51 in lines 20 to 25 the image of the bird mainly reinforces the idea that a life is mainly for the living b life is fraught with hazards c determination often falters d our best efforts are ineffectual page 15 of 15

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