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Hamlet Reading Comprehension Questions. Act I, Scene IV. What does Hamlet think of the king’s carousing? Why? How does Hamlet react to seeing the ghost? Why doesn’t Horatio want Hamlet to go with the ghost? How has Horatio’s attitude toward the ghost changed since the first scene?

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Hamlet reading comprehension questions

Hamlet Reading Comprehension Questions


Act i scene iv

Act I, Scene IV

  • What does Hamlet think of the king’s carousing? Why?

  • How does Hamlet react to seeing the ghost?

  • Why doesn’t Horatio want Hamlet to go with the ghost?

  • How has Horatio’s attitude toward the ghost changed since the first scene?

  • What qualities of personality does Hamlet show in this scene? (Use examples!)


Act i scene v

Act I, Scene V

  • What does the ghost reveal about his current situation?

  • Describe how the ghost treats Hamlet. (Use textual evidence!)

  • What does Hamlet resolve to do as the result of the encounter with the ghost?

  • How does what we learn about Claudius in this scene compare to the man we met in Act I, scene ii?


Weekend assignment

Weekend assignment

  • Who are the major characters we meet in Act I?

    • Provide short character descriptions of each.

    • Which characters leave a favorable first impression and which leave an unfavorable first impression? Explain your opinion using textual support.

    • List at least 3 “pros” and 3 “cons” for both King Claudius and Hamlet’s characters.


Act ii scene i

Act II, Scene i

  • What is Polonius asking Reynaldo to do in Paris? By what means?

  • How does Polonius interpret Hamlet’s encounter with Ophelia?

  • Nowadays, parents have cell phones and computers to keep track of their children. Is Polonius a “helicopter parent?” How?


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