AP Lang.: Hamlet

Whom does Polonius send to France to spy on Laertes? Reynaldo
Where does the ghost appear during the play? castle ramparts and Gertrude’s closet
How did Claudius murder King Hamlet? He put poison in the king’s ear.
Where is the university at which Hamlet and Horatio studied? Wittenburg, Germany
Whose skull does Hamlet find in the churchyard? Yorrick
Which characters cannot see the ghost? everyone but Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Horatio
Who escorts Hamlet on the voyage to England? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Where do Hamlet and Laertes fight during Ophelia’s funeral? Ophelia’s grave
Which characters survive the play? Fortinbras, Horatio, Osric
How does Ophelia die? the branch she was hanging over the river on broke and she fell in the water and drowned
Whose story does Hamlet ask the players to tell upon their arrival to Elsinore? the murder of Gonzago
Why, according to Polonius, has Hamlet gone mad? He is going crazy without Ophelia
Who is the last character to die in the play? Hamlet
How many characters die during the course of the play? 8
Who speaks the famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy? Hamlet
In what country do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die? England
Why does Hamlet decide not to kill Claudius after the traveling players’ play? Claudius was praying, and Hamlet didn’t want to give him an opportunity to repent, unlike his father got.
Who killed Fortinbras’s father? King Hamlet
Which of Claudius and Laertes’s traps for Hamlet succeeds in killing him? Laertes’s poisoned sword
Who returns Hamlet to Denmark after his exile? pirates
“Up sword and know thou a more horrid time,When he is drunk, asleep, or in a rage, Or in the incestuous pleasures of his bed.” -speaker: Hamlet-audience: himself/audience-context: considering killing Claudius while he was praying-significance: Hamlet decides he wants to kill Claudius out of revenge
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” -speaker: Marcellus-audience: Horatio-context: they just saw the ghost and are discussing why it was there-significance: there is much obvious corruption in the country
“Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s handOf life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched,Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin…With all my imperfections on my head.” -speaker: ghost-audience: Hamlet-context: Hamlet goes to see the ghost to find out its reasons for being in Elsinore-significance: ghost tells the reasons for his death by his brother’s hand; stuck in purgatory
“This above all, to thine own self be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.” -speaker: Polonius-audience: Laertes and Ophelia-context: advice before Laertes departs for college in France-significance: most important advice he gives
“Too much water hast thou, poor Ophelia,And therefore I forbid my tears.” -speaker: Laertes-audience: Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia’s spirit-context: right after finding out about Ophelia’s death-significance: he won’t cry and add more sadness to a bad situation