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What Did Hamlet Say?

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What Did Hamlet Say game quiz
"Hamlet's the one who said "To be or not to be / That is the question" and "Alas, poor Yorick"--right? But, that's not the question or the answer in this quiz. What did Hamlet say in these situations, taken in the order they appear? "

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1. In Act 1 of "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, when King Claudius calls Hamlet his cousin and his son, what is Hamlet's reply?
    "It is a wise father that knows his own child."
    "My father's brother, but no more like my father / Than I to Hercules."
    "I would my father look'd but with my eyes."
    "A little more than kin and less than kind."


2. When Shakespeare's Hamlet and his friend Horatio discuss the hasty marriage of Hamlet's mother to his Uncle Claudius soon after his father's funeral, what does Hamlet ironically propose as the reason?
    drunkenness
    thrift
    impending war
    revenge


3. In Act 2 of Shakespeare's play, what does Hamlet say when Polonius asks, "What do you read, my Lord?"
    "Words, words, words."
    "...Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too light."
    "The Mousetrap"
    "The play's the thing to catch the conscience of the king."


4. In Act 3 of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"-in the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy-Hamlet says that conscience has a specific effect. What does Hamlet say that conscience does?
    "...keep the strong in awe."
    "...multiplies in a man's bosom."
    "...beggars any man that keeps it."
    "...make cowards of us all."


5. In Act 3 of Shakespeare's play, where does Hamlet tell his girlfriend Ophelia to go?
    a nunnery
    behind the arras
    hell
    with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern


6. In Act 3 of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"-- as Hamlet coaches the actors about performing his rewritten version of their play-- how does he advise the player to "Speak the speech"?
    "Take physic, pomp; / Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel."
    "...trippingly on the tongue."
    "...with words, words, words."
    "Blow winds, and crack your cheeks!"


7. As the "play within a play" is performed in Act 3 of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" the king asks Hamlet for the name of the play. What does Hamlet say the play is called?
    "The Mousetrap"
    "Words, Words, Words"
    "The Conscience of the King"
    "The Scottish Play"


8. In Act 4 of Shakespeare's play, after Hamlet has accidentally killed Polonius and dragged away his body, the king asks, "Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius?" What does Hamlet say?
    "In Purgatory."
    "Behind the arras."
    "Am I my brother's keeper?"
    "At supper."


9. Most of us know of the graveyard scene in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" when Hamlet holds a skull uncovered by the gravediggers and declares, "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy." But what childhood memory does Hamlet have of Yorick doing "a thousand times"?
    "He hath read to me of Troy and Camelot a thousand times...."
    "He hath dawdled me on his knee and sung 'Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross' a thousand times...."
    "He hath eaten me out of house and home a thousand times...."
    "He hath bore me on his back a thousand times...."


10. Hamlet does not speak the last lines of Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" but does get some last words in Act 5. What are the last four words uttered by Hamlet in the play, in the speech that begins, "O, I die, Horatio!"?
    "O, I am slain!"
    "...my knife's sharp point."
    "Look there! Look there!"
    "...the rest is silence."


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Compiled Nov 27 12