Hamlet Review

To whom does the Ghost of Hamlet’s father appear? Horatio, Bernardo, Marcellus
What is the setting of most of the play? Elsinore Castle, Denmark
Who is Fortinbras and what is his relationship to Hamlet? Prince of Norway; his father was killed by Hamlet’s cousin
Where was Hamlet, prior to his father’s death? away at college
What is Denmark’s military position? preparing for war
How did King Hamlet die? poisoned through the ear by Claudius
How were Hamlet and Laertes friends? they grew up together
What is the new King’s control over Laertes? king can allow him to go to school or not
Where does Laertes attend school? France
What does the ghost tell Hamlet? that Claudius murdered him
How long was King Hamlet dead before his wife remarried? two months
What does Laertes warn Ophelia about? Hamlet’s possible false promises of love
Who is sent to spy on Laertes? Reynaldo
What is sent to spy on Hamlet? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Where does the king send Hamlet? England
How does Gertrude feel about her hasty marriage? no shame, she loves Claudius and the country needs a king
What is the position of Polonius with regard to Hamlet? been with him the longest, served the king the longest so he distrusts hamlet, thinks he is insane
Who dies in the queen’s chamber? Polonius
How often does the ghost appear to Hamlet? twice; once to give mission; once to ask kindness toward Gertrude
What has happened to Ophelia? she has drowned in a river, possibly suicide
How is Ophelia’s death ruled? suicide
Who offers the comic relief in this play? the grave digger
Who was Yorick? the skull
Who arranges a duel between Laertes and Hamlet? Claudius
After he dies, who is assigned to tell the story of Hamlet to the world? Horatio
What is Elsinore? castle
What was the “play within a play” called? the mouse trap
Where is Fortinbras heading? Poland
How old is Hamlet by the end of the play? about 30
How does Claudius poison Hamlet? the tip of a sword