Hamlet, Act 1

Who is Claudius? King of Denmark and Hamlet’s Uncle.
Who is Polonius? Counsellor of the King.
Who is Laertes? Son of Polonius.
What is the opening line of the play? “Who’s there?”
Where is Act 1, Scene 1 set? On the walls of Elsinore Castle.
What are the actors talking about in the opening scene? The appearance of Old Hamlet’s ghost.
Who dose the ghost look like? Old Hamlet.
How did Old Hamlet kill Old Fortinbras? In a one on one duel.
Who says, “Such was the armour he had on when he th’ambitious Norway combated”? Horatio.
What dose Barnardo mean when he says, “This portentous figure”? He is predicting bad things.
Why dose the Ghost leave the second time? Because the cock crows.
Where dose Act 1 Scene 2 take place? In The Great Hall of Elsinore Castle.
What is emphasised in the quotation, “Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death the memory be green”? How recently Old Hamlet died.
What language technique is used in the quotation, “Our sometime sister, now our Queen”? Sibilance.
Where dose Laertes want to return to? France.
What is shown when Gertrude says, “Good Hamlet cast thy nighted colour off”? The fact that Hamlet is wearing black to show his mourning.
What is meant when Hamlet says, “No, nor the fruitful river in the eye”? His tears are not fake.
What is Claudius meaning when he says, “Tis unmanly grief”? He is feminising Hamlets feelings.
What is meant when Claudius says, “It shows a will most incorrect to heaven”? That Hamlet is going against religion because he should be happy as his father is in a better place.
What is the name of the university Hamlet studies at? Wittenberg.
What are the religious views of Hamlets university? Protestant.
What do Protestants not believe in? Purgatory.
Who says, “I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg”? Gertrude.
What is the opening line of Hamlets first soliloquy? “O that this too too solid flesh would melt.”
What dose Hamlet contemplate when he says, “His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter”? Suicide.
What dose Hamlet mean when he says, “So excellent a king, that was to this hyperion to a satyr”? He’s saying that his father was so good of a king, he was parallel a Greek god.
With what quotation dose Hamlet highlight the incestuous element of his mothers relationship? “With such dexterity to incestuous sheets.”
What dose Hamlet suggest when he says, “The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables”? How close the funeral of Old Hamlet is to the marriage of Gertrude and Claudius.
What dose Hamlet tell Horatio to do about the Ghost? “Give it an understanding but no tongue.”