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Hamlet: The Minor Characters
"Everyone knows about Shakespeare's famous melancholy Danish prince and other main characters who populate his play. But did you know that the play holds over thirty roles at minimum? Test your knowledge on some of the play's forgotten characters!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Everyone knows that Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his father-- what is that ghost's name?
None-- he is just called "Ghost" and his name is never given
The minor character of Fortinbras invades Denmark from Norway. Much like Hamlet, his father- a king- has just died. What was Fortinbras' father's name?
Although Fortinbras and his Norwegian army aren't a factor until the end of the play, in the second scene, two ambassadors are sent to Norway. What are their names?
Reynaldo and Lucio
Cornelius and Voltimand
Cornelius and Lucio
Reynaldo and Voltemand
At the end of the play, an ambassador comes to Denmark with a message, only to find that the king is already dead. From what country is this ambassador?
At Ophelia's funeral, the minor character of the priest gets into a dispute with Laertes. Why?
Because Laertes challenges the priest to a duel
Because Ophelia is getting a proper burial even though she committed suicide
Because mad prince Hamlet is in attendance and the priest wants him to leave
Because the priest suggests that Claudius murdered the previous king
In the play within a play, Hamlet has a troupe of players act out a murder similar to how Claudius murdered the previous king. In this play, the murderer is given a name-- what is it?
In an amusing scene, Polonius rambles on and on to one of his uninterested servants. What is the servant's name?
The very first few lines of the play- including the famous opening line of "Who's There?"-- are a dialogue between two minor characters. What are their names?
Fabian and Marcellus
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Bernardo and Francisco
Sampson and Gregory
Who first tells Horatio of the ghost's existence?
Our last question focuses on Osrick. Although a minor character, he plays what important role in the play?
He is the person who poisons the wine
He is the person who discovers Ophelia's drowned body
He is the person who physically kills Claudius
He is the referee for the fight between Hamlet and Laertes
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Compiled May 23 13