HAMLET Act I Focus Questions
Read a scene and then pause to answer the questions on that scene. Repeat. Pause the audio as needed. The questions are in order.
Last name, First name
The players speaking at the beginning of the play seem . . .
The play begins on a ____ in Elsinore Castle in Denmark.
wet, cold, autumn afternoon
dark summer's night
bright summer's morning
bright winter's morning
dark winter's night
Denmark is preparing for an attack by ...
Young Fortinbras of Norway
Elsinore of Ireland
Old King John of England
Catherine of Russia
Macbeth of Scotland
The Ghost of King Hamlet comes dressed as . . .
Scene 1 ends with Horatio suggesting that young Hamlet be informed of the Ghost's visit so that . . .
young Hamlet may help them fight it.
it may speak to him.
he can make it go away.
young Hamlet may be protected from it.
he may believe their tale.
King Claudius explains that he has asked ___ for help to avoid going to war because of young Fortinbras' need for vengeance.
Voltimand, grandfather of Fortinbras
Sweno, King of Sweden
Queen Margaret of Spain
Norway, uncle of Fortinbras
King Richard of England
___ asks Claudius' permission to leave so he can study in France.
Gertrude asks Hamlet not to be so depressed based on the fact that . . .
all things must die.
she has evidence that his father is now in heaven.
it makes her even more sad to see him this way.
it displeases Claudius
King Claudius tells Hamlet that to be so depressed over his father's death . . .
ALL OF THESE ARE TRUE.
is a sin against heaven, the dead, and nature.
When alone, Hamlet's comparison of the god Hyperion to a satyr is about . . .
Laertes and Polonius
Voltimand and Cornelius
Claudius and Polonius
King Hamlet and Claudius
When Horatio tells Hamlet about seeing the Ghost, Hamlet is . . .
Laertes' conversation with Ophelia reveals that he fears that she will lose her ___ because of Hamlet.
Ophelia's reaction to the advice of Laertes and Polonius is to . . .
avoid future conversations with them
thank them for their concern
In response to Horatio's questions regarding their customs, Hamlet responds that a major weakness of the Danes is their . . .
distrust of other nations
fear of other nations
Horatio tries to stop Hamlet from speaking with the ghost because Horatio . . .
fears it will hurt Hamlet.
fears it will cause a war with supernatural entities.
fears it will reveal the truth about Hamlet's death.
fears it will take Hamlet's soul to hell.
Although the ghost does not care how Hamlet goes about his revenge, what does he NOT want Hamlet to do?
leave the castle for any period of time
tell his friends the truth about the murder
wait more than a week
Hamlet has his friends swear not to . . .
ask him any more questions
reveal what they have seen
sleep until the vengeance is done
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