Hamlet Act I: Review

Who was asked to join the guards in Act I, scene i to prove that there was a ghost? Horatio
Who was the original King of Denmark? Who is the King of Denmark now? King Hamlet (Old Hamlet; Hamlet’s dad); King Claudius (Old Hamlet’s brother; Hamlet’s uncle)
Who is Polonius? Who are his children? (Act !, scenes ii-iii) Counselor/right hand to the King; Laertes (son) and Ophelia (daughter)
Who is the ghost and who will he only speak to? (Act I, scene v) King Hamlet (Old Hamlet); Prince Hamlet (Young Hamlet)
Who murdered the King? Why? (Act I, scene v) King Claudius. He wanted the crown and he wanted to marry Queen Gertrude
Why did Polonius tell Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet (Act I, scene iii)? Polonius thinks that Hamlet is just using Ophelia; his love isn’t true, it’s only flirtation; Ophelia is still young and does not know the different between love and lust
How is Hamlet’s mood towards King Claudius and Queen Gertrude? Why? (Act I, scene ii) Angry, depressed, spiteful. He does not agree with his mother’s quick marriage to his uncle so soon after his father’s death.
Who is Claudius? The New King of Denmark; Queen Gertrude’s new husband; Hamlet’s Uncle
Who is Gertrude? The Queen of Denmark; King Claudius’s new wife; Hamlet’s mother
Who is Horatio? Hamlet’s friend and fellow student at Wittenberg
Who are Marcellus, Barnardo and Francisco? What is their importance in the beginning? (Act I, scene i) Soldiers guarding the castle. They are the first to see the ghost
Who is Fortinbras? What happened to his father? The prince of Norway. His father was King Fortinbras of Norway and he was murdered by King Hamlet
How does Denmark think King Hamlet was murdered? (Act I, scene v) He was poisoned by a snake
How was King Hamlet actually murdered? (Act I, scene v) Claudius poured poison (hebona) into his ear
What does Hamlet decide to do after he speaks to the ghost? (Act I, scene v) He decides to avenge his father. He also decides not to tell Horatio and Marcellus about the murder

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