|The message a text conveys about a topic is called the …
|Read the excerpt from Act II of Hamlet.Hamlet: Am I not i’ the right, old Jephthah?Polonius: If you call me Jephthah, my lord, I have a daughter that I love passing well.In the excerpt, Hamlet calls Polonius Jephthah, after the priest in the Old Testament who sacrifices his daughter to God. What does this allusion suggest about Polonius’s treatment of Ophelia?A. Polonius is sacrificing his daughter to trick Hamlet.B. Polonius is a better father than Hamlet’s father was.C. Polonius is very protective of his innocent daughter.D. Polonius is very loyal to the royal family of Denmark.
|A. Polonius is sacrificing his daughter to trick Hamlet.
|Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet.Gertrude: O! speak to me no more; These words like daggers enter in mine ears; No more, sweet Hamlet!Hamlet: A murderer, and a villain; A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe Of your precedent lord; a vice of kings; A cut-purse of the empire and the rule, That from a shelf the precious diadem stole, And put it in his pocket! Gertrude: No more!Which statement is a feminist analysis of these lines?A. Shakespeare uses a motif of ears and hearing to emphasize the importance of communication.B. Jewels were an important symbol of power in Shakespeare’s time and would be significant to his audience.C. Although she is queen, Gertrude is caught between her powerful husband and bitter son.D. The text of these lines includes many royal titles that reinforce a theme of power.
|C. Although she is queen, Gertrude is caught between her powerful husband and bitter son.
|Read the excerpt from a paper about Hamlet.The relationship between Horatio and Hamlet is crucial to understanding the play. Whereas most people would have abandoned Hamlet, Horatio instead repeatedly aids Hamlet in a variety of ways. Even when Hamlet dies, Horatio makes sure that Hamlet’s wishes are carried out and his side of the story is told.What theme does this excerpt most reflect?A. All is fair in love and war.B. Be kind to those in need.C. The truth will set you free.D. True friends don’t leave you.
|D. True friends don’t leave you.
|Read the excerpt from Act II of Hamlet.Guildenstern: Happy in that we are not over happy; On Fortune’s cap we are not the very button.Hamlet: Nor the soles of her shoe?Rosencrantz: Neither, my lord.What is being personified in this excerpt?A. delightB. prosperityC. fashionD. footwear
|Read the excerpt from Act IV of Hamlet.Claudius: Not that I think you did not love your father, But that I know love is begun by time, And that I see, in passages of proof, Time qualifies the spark and fire of it . . . That we would do, We should do when we would, for this ‘would’ changes, And hath abatements and delays as many As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents; And then this ‘should’ is like a spendthrift sigh, That hurts by easing. But, to the quick o’ the ulcer; Hamlet comes back; what would you undertake To show yourself your father’s son in deed More than in words?Claudius’s reaction advances the central conflict of the play because heA. encourages Laertes to seek revenge against Hamlet.B. offers forgiveness for Laertes’s impulsive action.C. suggests a peaceful resolution to Laertes’s conflict.D. accepts the blame for Polonius’s death.
|A. encourages Laertes to seek revenge against Hamlet.
|Read the excerpt from Act II of Hamlet.Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain! O! vengeance!The figurative language in these lines is an example of A. a metaphor.B. a simile.C. an apostrophe.D. personification.
|C. an apostrophe.
|Which best describes how the two adaptations of Hamlet differ?
|Price’s Hamlet is tortured and at the edge of madness, while Olivier’s Hamlet appears to be calm and contemplative.
|Read the excerpt from an analysis of the end of Act V of Hamlet.A duel takes place between Laertes and Hamlet. But due to treachery, Laertes and Hamlet are poisoned, as are Claudius and Gertrude, and they all die.Which is the best summary of the theme that is developed in this section of the play?A. Revenge never works out, and people should just avoid it.B. Fighting is not the way to solve problems, no matter what. C. Those who fight are unwise and would do better to talk.D. Those who pursue revenge are often destroyed by it.
|D. Those who pursue revenge are often destroyed by it.
|When a reader analyzes the way a theme unfolds and gradually becomes more complex, the reader is analyzing the theme’s ….
|Read the excerpt from Hamlet, Act I, Scene ii.[Exeunt all except HAMLET.]Hamlet: O! that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew; Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God! How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world. Fie on ‘t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this!What effect does the stage direction have on the scene?A. By leaving Hamlet alone on stage, the audience learns how truly upset he is.B. When everyone leaves, it shows how the rest of the family shuns Hamlet.C. Having just Hamlet on the stage makes him the most appealing character.D. When the audience sees Hamlet by himself they assume he has no friends.
|A. By leaving Hamlet alone on stage, the audience learns how truly upset he is.
|Which statements describe the rising action of a tragedy’s plot? Check all that apply.1. A series of events develop the plot’s central conflict.2. Loose ends of the plot are “tied up” to provide closure.3. Suspense builds gradually as the plot progresses.4. Background information is provided and the play’s setting is revealed.5. Tension reaches its height in the plot, and a solution to a conflict becomes clear.
|1. A series of events develop the plot’s central conflict. and3. Suspense builds gradually as the plot progresses.
|In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, what plot event prompts Hamlet to become suspicious and resentful?A. his romantic encounter with OpheliaB. the departure of Laertes to FranceC. a reprimand from his motherD. a visit from his deceased father
|D. a visit from his deceased father
|Which statement best explains why Shakespeare alludes to Hecuba throughout Act II, Scene ii of Hamlet?A. Like Gertrude, Hecuba has married the brother of her dead husband.B. Like Gertrude, Hecuba shows little emotion after the death of her husband.C. In contrast to Gertrude, Hecuba takes revenge on her husband’s killer.D. In contrast to Gertrude, Hecuba is the ideal image of a grieving widow.
|D. In contrast to Gertrude, Hecuba is the ideal image of a grieving widow.
|Which question is most likely asked by a reader analyzing a text through a formalist lens?A. How do the parts of the text relate to the whole?B. How are female characters identified and treated?C. Why was this historical fact included in the text?D. Why was this important to readers at that period?
|A. How do the parts of the text relate to the whole?
Unit Test – English IV, Hamlet (100%)
July 16, 2019