Hamlet Act 1 Quiz (Bisirri)

Prince Hamlet Prince of Denmark, son of the late King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude;has returned from school in Wittenberg, full of anger/hate, nephew of Claudius
Ghost of Hamlet spirit of the deceased King Hamlet, they do not know if it is a good or evil spirit, claimed to be murdered, only speaks to young Hamlet
Horatio Hamlet’s best friend and fellow scholar from Whittenberg, loyal, helpful, positive
Francisco, Barnardo, and Marcellus Danish soldiers who first see the ghost of King Hamlet
King Claudius Old Hamlet’s brother, Prince Hamlet’s uncle, married Queen Gertrude, new King of Denmark
Laertes Son of Polonius, brother of Ophelia, headed back to France
Polonius Advisor to the King, father of Ophelia and Laertes
Ophelia Daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes, Hamlet’s girlfriend
Gertrude Hamlet’s mother, remarried Claudius, Queen of Denmark
Elsinore Castle where all the action takes place.
Mood emotional atmosphere created by dramatic action
soliloquy when a character speaks to him/herself on stage and shares their thoughts and feelings
What reason does Marcellus give for inviting Horatio to observe the watch? so Horatio can see the ghost
What about the ghost makes the watchmen believe he is the ghost of the dead King of Denmark? It’s wearing the armor King Hamlet wore when he battled against the armies of Norway, and the same frown he wore when he fought against the Poles.
Horatio declares the ghost, “bodies some strange eruption to our state.” Who does he believe will threaten them and what is the reasoning behind his suspicions? Horatio thinks Fortinbras will threaten them. Late Hamlet had killed late Fortinbras. His son, Fortinbras, wants to take back the land his father lost.
What plan does Horatio present to the others at the end of Scene 1 and what is his reasoning? to go tell young Hamlet in hopes the ghost will talk to him.
The mood in Scene 1 sets the tone for the entire play. Describe the mood established in Scene 1 using specific examples as evidence. cold, dark, eerie, dramatic, tense. The uncertainty of why the ghost is here, and the future of Denmark.
Claudius opens his speech with a juxtaposition of “delight and dole.” What is the source of both the delight and the dole? Delight — marriage to GertrudeDole — his brother, the King, has died
Had Claudius not married Gertrude, who would be the King of Denmark? Prince Hamlet
What request is granted to Laertes? to go to France
What about Prince Hamlet’s appearance indicated he is still mourning his father? Use lines from the play to support your answer. He wears black, mourning clothes. “the clouds still hang”, “nightly color”
What does it say about Hamlet’s state of mind when he says, “How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world!”? Readers can tell Hamlet is very depressed
Hamlet says, “frailty, they name is woman.” Why does he say this and what does it show about his view of women? He is saying that women can’t be alone which shows the he views women as weak.
Interpret Hamlet’s lines at the end of Scene 2: “My father’s spirit in arms! All is not well. I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come. Till then, sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise, Through all earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” Hamlet is wishing the night would come. He says, if his father’s ghost is roaming in armor something must be wrong.
Why does Laertes urge his sister against falling in love with prince Hamlet? He says that Hamlet loves her but can’t marry her due to his position as a prince.
Why does Polonius say to Ophelia, “I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth Have you slander any moment leisure As to give words or talk with Lord Hamlet.”? Polonius doesn’t believe Hamlet’s kind words of love are genuine and forbids Ophelia from seeing him in the future.
Why do Prince Hamlet’s friends try to dissuade him from going with the ghost? They beg him to stay because the ghost may lead him towards harm. They don’t trust the ghost, as it may lead him to the sea or appear as something else.
Explain the context and deeper meaning in Marcellus’s declaration that “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”? The context is that Hamlet just left with the ghost. The deeper meaning is that things are not right in Denmark and that deception and danger go beyond the ghost.
Who is the “serpent” the ghost speaks of? Explain what the ghost reveals to Prince Hamlet in your own words. Claudius is the serpent. King Hamlet dies by being poisoned as he is sleeping and Claudius pours poison in his ear.
What action does the ghost urge Prince Hamlet to take against the present king and queen? to seek revenge against Claudius and to leave the queen to the judgement of heaven, meaning the ghost doesn’t know if the queen was in in the plan.
What oath does Hamlet require fo his friends? They will never speak of what happened again.
Act the end of Act 1, Hamlet reveals part of his plan and indicates he will, “put an antic disposition on.” reread his lines and explain his plans. Hamlet will act crazy and makes his friends promise that they will never tell of his plan.
Which scene includes Hamlet’s soliloquy? Scene 2