Hamlet Objective Test

Act 1 Exposition, Exciting Force
Exposition The background information
Exciting Force One event that puts the play into motion (Ghost asks Hamlet to get revenge)
Act 2 Rising Action
Rising Action Things look up for the tragic hero (Hamlet has great plan i.e. the play inside a play)
Act 3 Climax
Climax The tragic hero does something that cannot be undone (Hamlet kills polonius)
Act 4 Falling Action
Falling Action Things start to look down for the tragic hero (Hamlet goes to England, Claudius/Laertes plot to kill Hamlet)
Act 5 Denouement, Catastrophe
Denouement The un-knotting
Catastrophe Tragic hero dies
Malapropism The misuse of a word
Pun A play on words based on the similarity of sound between 2 words with different meanings
Double Entendre A figure of speech similar to the pun, in which a spoken phrase can be understood in either of two ways. 1. literal meaning is an innocent one. 2. risqué and requires the hearer to have some additional knowledge
Soliloquy A character on stage by him or herself, speaking his/her innermost thoughts
Soliloquy (Elizabethan) According to Elizabethan convention, a character speaking in a soliloquy always speaks the truth
Aside An Actor directly addresses the audience or another character, but is not supposed to be heard by the other actors on stage
Allusion A figure of speech that makes brief reference to a historical or literary figure, event, or object
Prose A form of writing that does not have regular meter or rhyme.
Poetry A form of writing which contains rhythm and/or rhyme
Couplet A pair of end-rhymed lines of verse that are self-contained in grammatical structure and meaning
Meter A rhythmic pattern in poetry wherein stresses (accented syllables) recur at fixed intervals
Iambic Meter An iamb is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
Iambic Pentameter Five iambs (usually 10 syllables)
Blank Verse Unrhymed Iambic Pentameter
Heroic Couplet A couplet written in iambic pentameter
Motifs of Hamlet Disease/Decay, time being “out of joint”, spying
Foil Character meant to reflect a main character (Laertes to Hamlet, Fortinbras to Hamlet)
Tragic Flaw Procrastination
Revenge Play Six elements!
Hamlet Problem Unanswered questions about Hamlet
Skull Yoriek
The mousetrap or Murder of Gonzalda play within the play
Elsenor Castle

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