Hamlet Act 1, 2, 3

When and where does the play take place? Denmark, Midnight
Why is Francisco happy to see Bernardo? He was replacing him
Why has Marcellus begged Horatio to join in the watch? To verify that it is the king
What does the ghost look like? Do? Say? King Hamlet, wonders, says nothing
What was the outcome of the fight between King Hamlet and Fortinbras? King Hamlet killed King Fortinbras
Why is there a need for a nightly watch on the palace? The watch of little Fortinbras
How are Claudius, the dead King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude related? Brothers and marriage
What is in the letter Claudius is sending to the ailing King of Norway? To get things under control
Who is Laertes? Why does he want to leave Denmark? Ophelias brother, to party
Why is young hamlet grieving? How do Claudius and Gertrude treat his grief? His father was just murdered and “Get over it”
Why is the King planning a celebration? They party
Who is Horatio? What does he reveal to Hamlet? Hamlets BFF, the Ghost
What advice does Laertes give to Ophelia? Dont trust Hamlet
What advice does Polonius give Laertes? Stay true
What advice does Polonius give Ophelia? Stay away from Hamlet
How does Hamlet feel about the drunken revelry? Pissed
What mixed feelings does Hamlet have when he sees the Ghost? Scared
Why doesn’t Horatio want Hamlet to follow the Ghost? It is bad
What does the Ghost tell Hamlet? He was murdered by his brother (new king)
How does the Ghost want Hamlet to treat Claudius? Gertrude? Leave her to Heaven
What does Hamlet make Horatio and Marcellus swear? Revenge
Why does Polonius send Reynaldo to Paris? To spy
Why is Ophelia frightened by Hamlet? She thinks he is crazy
How does Polonius explain Hamlet’s behavior? Is he right? He is mad about love, no he is not right
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Why have they come to Elsinore? Old classmates and they were told to spy
What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern agree to do? Are they betraying their friend, Hamlet? Agree to spy and yes they are betraying Hamlet
What is the bedridden King of Norway’s response to Claudius’s request? Agrees not to march
Who wrote the love letter that Polonius reads to Claudius and Gertrude? Why does he read it? Hamlet, to prove him right
What is Polonius’s plan for proving that Hamlet’s odd behavior is the result of love madness? Staging Ophelia
How Does Hamlet feel about seeing his old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Happy and then crazy
What does Hamlet request the traveling players to perform? Murder of Gonzogo
What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern report about Hamlet to the king and queen? Wont tell
Why does Polonius tell Ophelia to pretend to be reading a book of devotions? To look natural
What bitter advice does Hamlet give Ophelia? Why? To get away from the nunnery, get away from men, people are listening
After secretly observing Hamlet and Ophelia, does the King agree with Polonius—that Hamlet suffers from love madness? No
Why does Claudius decide to send Hamlet to England? Get him outta town
What final plan does Polonius devise in order to reveal the source of Hamlet’s strange behavior? To hide
What is the play-within-a-play’s title? How does the King react to the play? Mouse Trap, he feels that it is real and starts to act a little crazy
What message do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern deliver to Hamlet from the Queen? Tell her I am coming
What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern think is the explanation for Hamlet’s odd behavior? He is crazy
What orders does the King give to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Why do they agree to carry out these orders? Take him to England, they are getting paid
Why does Claudius identify himself with Cain? Does Claudius have a conscience? Brother killer, yes