Test-Yourself Quiz on Hamlet Acts III, IV, and V

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1 In Act III, to whom does Hamlet say, "Give me that man /That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him / In my heart's core" ?
To Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; he is chiding them for their false behavior.
To Laertes; he is asking Laertes to stand with him against Claudius.
To Horatio; he is about to ask Horatio to observe Claudius's behavior.
To Claudius; he asks Claudius to recommend a servant.
To Polonius; he is echoing Polonius's advice to Laertes.

2 Who says, "In second husband let me be accurst, / None wed the second, but who killed the first"?
Player Queen

3 Who is killed in Act III?
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

4 To which characters does Hamlet reveal that he is but "mad in craft" and not truly mad? (Hint: Not all of them understand his message or pay attention to it.)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

The play-within-the-play for which Hamlet writes a few extra speeches
The book filled with "words" that Hamlet shows Polonius
The source for Hamlet
The First Player's speech on the tale of Hecuba and Priam in Act II

6 What happens to Laertes in Act IV? (Multiple answers)
He sees Ophelia and thus learns of her madness
He learns of his father's death
He confronts Hamlet and fights with him.
He decides to descend to trickery and poison to kill Hamlet during the fight.
He watches Ophelia drown.

7 Who is Osric?
The father of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
A sycophantic courtier with elaborate speech who carries the terms of the contest with swords to Hamlet
The Prince of Norway whose progress toward Denmark becomes ever closer as the play continues
The courtier killed in the last few minutes of the play.

8 What happens at the very beginning of Act V?
The gravediggers (clowns) engage in a humorous discussion of the propriety of burying a suicide in consecrated ground
Hamlet picks up and contemplates the skull of Yorick, the king's jester
Laertes and Hamlet struggle and fight in Ophelia's grave.
Gertrude scatters flowers in Ophelia's grave, saying "sweets to the sweet, farewell."

9 How does Gertrude meet her death?
She is killed by Claudius, who suspects her of aiding Hamlet in bringing about his downfall
She tries to stop the fight between Laertes and Hamlet, and she is killed with Hamlet's sword
She kills herself after Hamlet's death.
She drinks from the poisoned cup of wine meant for Hamlet

10 Who has the last word in HAMLET?
Horatio: "Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"
The Ambassador: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead."
Hamlet: "O I die Horatio"
Fortinbras: "Go bid the soldiers shoot."