Hamlet || Act 2

What does Polonius ask of Reynaldo? To go to France & find out more information about Laertes.
What did Hamlet do to Ophelia to frighten her? He grabbed her wrist, stared at her, and then nodded at her as if to say she is just like his mother. He then leaves without looking away from her
After the ambassadors have left, what piece of writing does Polonius share with Claudius and Gertrude? A love letter
What message do the ambassadors (Specifially Voltimond) being Claudius back from Norway regarding Fortinbras advances? His uncle has redirected him to Poland and asks for safe passage through Denmark.
What does Ophelia tell her father? Hamlet is acting strangely.
King Claudius gives what reason for sending Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? He wants them to spy on Hamlet & find out why he has been acting so differently and strangely.
How does Hamlet feel about what Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are doing? He is not happy about it
What was Ophelia doing when Hamlet came to see her? Sewing
What does Polonius show to the king & queen? A letter that Hamlet sent to Ophelia.
Polonius thinks that… Hamlet is insane
Hamlet makes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern admit that… They were sent by the King and Queen
What does Hamlet call Polonius in scene 2? Fishmonger (fish seller)
What does Hamlet compare Denmark to? A prison
Why would Hamlet think of Denmark as a prison? Because he cannot leave until he has killed Claudius.
What is the players speech about? Trojan War
Polonius interprets Hamlet’s encounter with Ophelia as… A sign that Hamlet has gone mad because of unrequited love.
Hamlet could be expected to trust Rosencrantz and Guildenstern because… They grew up together
Who are the players? A group of traveling actors.
What does Queen Gertrude think is the reason for Hamlet going crazy? King Hamlet’s death and her hasty marriage to Claudius
What is the purpose of the play that will be staged by the visiting thespians? To prove or disprove the claims of the ghost.
When does Hamlet say he is mad? When the wind is travelling north-north-west.
What play does Hamlet ask the troupe to perform? The murder of Gonzago
What special request does Hamlet make for the play? He asks if some lines he wrote could be added to the play.
What characters appear in Scene One? Polonius and Reynaldo and Ophelia
Who is “him/he” when Hamlet says: “What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba”? Player
By the end of Act Two, Hamlet says he is going to make sure that the Ghost was telling the truth. How does he plan to do this? He plans to have a play acted in front of the king where the same murder is committed on stage.
In his love letter to Ophelia, Hamlet has many doubts except what? Love for Ophelia
What is Hamlet doing when he enters in Scene 2 and is speaking with Polonius? Reading
What play genre did Polonius say first? Tragedy
Why does Shakespeare incorporate all the genres when Polonius speaks? Because it humors all the types of plays
What is the Hamlets soliloquy about (2.2)? He feels like coward because he’s done nothing to get revenge on Claudius.