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1) Upon seeing the full title of the play (The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark) what can we infer about Hamlet? A. He is a real, historical figure. B. His father has been murdered. C. He will die at the end of the play. D. He will be the King of Denmark at the end of the play. 2) What was Shakespeare’s motivation for writing Hamlet? A.The plague had caused the closing of the theaters and he wanted to gain back lost money upon their reopening. B. He thought that Hamlet’s story needed to be told so that his good name could be cleared in history. C. Queen Elizabeth was aging with no heirs and England was questioning who would succeed to the throne, and succession is the main idea in Hamlet. D. Shakespeare’s twins had just been born. Since he named the boy Hamnet, he wanted to pen a play in his son’s honor. 3) Hamlet’s hammartia or tragic flaw could include all of the following EXCEPT A. an inability to make up his mind B. uncertainty from not knowing the truth C. a melancholy love sickness which leads to temporary insanity D. having his reason submerged by excessive and powerful passions 4) What is a soliloquy? A. Comparing things without using “like” or “as” B. A series of related events that make up a story C. The first half of a play D. A speech was given by a character alone on the stage that reveals thoughts 5) Character foils are..? A. characters who have opposite traits. B. characters who are related through the family. C. characters who kill one another. D. characters who fall in love. 6) Which of the following is the BEST example of a thematic statement for the play Hamlet? A. Hamlet may have begun pretending to be mad, but the lines between sanity and madness began to blur as the play developed. B. Playing roles is confusing. C. “Brevity is the soul of wit” D. Unnatural deeds can be the source of all conflict. 7) Who is a character foil for Hamlet? A. Polonius B. Horatio C. Laertes Ophelia 8) How is Claudius related to Hamlet before marrying Gertrude? A. He is Hamlet’s legitimate father. B. He is the brother of Hamlet’s father, and therefore Hamlet’s uncle. C. He is a close family friend, and of no relation, though kindly called “uncle” D. He is the brother of Gertrude, and therefore Hamlet’s uncle. 9) In her encounters with her brother and her father, Ophelia comes across as A. rebellious, headstrong, and stubborn B. flighty, insincere, and silly C. courageous, brave, and noble D. sweet, innocent, and submissive 10) The ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his death by killing Gertrude and Claudius. A. True B. False 11) Hamlet pretends to be insane in order to…? A. enlist Ophelia’s sympathy B. prompt Claudius to send him away C. test his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern D. conceal his attempts to get information regarding Claudius’s guilt 12) What reason does Polonius give for Hamlet’s madness? A. He loves Ophelia. B. He is upset about the marriage of Claudius and Gertrude. C. He is distraught over his father’s death. D. He is a moody teenager. 13) Who does Claudius ask to keep an eye on Hamlet? A. Ophelia B. Horatio C. Marcellus D. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern 14) Why is Hamlet so upset with himself in the “O, what a rogue and peasant slave,” soliloquy in Act II, scene ii, lines 559-617? A. He was never given the opportunity to achieve his dreams of becoming an actor. B. He can’t put thoughts and words into action while a group of actors can. C. The love between his father and mother is gone. D. He is tormented by the question of whether or not to kill himself. 15) Claudius killed King Hamlet by pouring poison in his ear. A. True B. False 16) Hamlet does not kill Claudius while Claudius is praying because A. Hamlet is afraid Claudius has a weapon B. Hamlet changes his mind C. Hamlet does not want Claudius to go to heaven D. The ghost tells him not to do so 17) The characteristic of Polonius that most directly led to his death is A. his nosiness and meddling B. his poor judgement C. his insincerity or shallowness D. his cruelty to Ophelia 18) Gertrude is surprised to see the ghost when he appears in her chambers. A. True B. False 19: Laertes and Hamlet are alike in that A. both are quick to act B. both have feigned madness C. both seek revenge for their father’s deaths D. both have escaped captivity to return to Denmark 20) Who tells Claudius and Laertes about the circumstances surrounding Ophelia’s death? A. Horatio B. Queen Gertrude C. Marcellus D. a messenger 21) Hamlet knew Yorick personally. A. True B. False 22) How do Claudius and Laertes plan to kill Hamlet? A. Laertes will stab him in a duel B. Claudius will give him a drink with poison C. Laertes will poison the tip of his sword and stab Hamlet D. All of the above

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Which of these excerpts from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice highlights the condescending attitude of upper-class characters? 1. Her report was highly favourable.Sir William had been delighted with him. He was quite young, wonderfully handsome, extremely agreeable, and, to crown the whole, he meant to be at the next assembly with a large party. Nothing could be more delightful! To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love; and very lively hopes of Mr. Bingley’s heart were entertained. 2. Jane was as much gratified by this as her mother could be, though in a quieter way. Elizabeth felt Jane’s pleasure. Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood; and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough never to be without partners, which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball. They returned, therefore, in good spirits to Longbourn, the village where they lived, and of which they were the principal inhabitants. They found Mr. Bennet still up. 3. They were rather handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank, and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others. They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother’s fortune and their own had been acquired by trade. 4. The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic. Bingley had never met with more pleasant people or prettier girls in his life; everybody had been most kind and attentive to him; there had been no formality, no stiffness; he had soon felt acquainted with all the room; and, as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful. Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty, but she smiled too much.

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1. How are Jane Eyre and Helen Burns different? A. Jane is older, wiser, and more practical than Helen. B. Jane wants to fight injustices, but Helen quietly accepts them. C. Unlike Jane, Helen makes friends easily and is well liked by teachers. D. Jane is better at mathematics than Helen is. 2. Critical Reading Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question. What is Mr. Gradgrind’s opinion of horse riders? A. He is fascinated with them. B. He believes they have an exciting job. C. He believes they have a dangerous job. D. He does not approve of them. 3. Who is the widow in “The Widow at Windsor”? A. the speaker’s mother B. the British flag C. the poet’s mother D. Queen Victoria 4. What does Mr. M’Choakumchild’s name suggest about his teaching style? A. He wants to make sure that children learn facts. B. He forces students to learn one way or another. C. He is a patient and gentle teacher. D. He recognizes that students learn in different ways. 5. In “Porphyria’s Lover” how does the speaker feel when Porphyria says she loves him? A. angry B. surprised and happy C. surprised and angry D. sad 6. Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Catholic priest. Which line from “God’s Grandeur” most strongly suggests the depth of his faith? A. “Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; / And all is seared with trade….” B. “Because the Holy Ghost over the bent / World broods with warm breast …” C. “And for all this, nature is never spent; / There lives the dearest freshness …” D. “… the soil / Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.” 7. What conclusion about the poet’s historical period can you draw from these lines? Lo, all our pomp of yesterday / Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! A. The speaker believes the greatness of Britain could disappear, just as did that of Nineveh and Tyre. B. The speaker feels Britain’s greatness is similar to that of ancient cities. C. The speaker believes that great cities or nations all hold the same attitudes toward power and success, which contribute to their greatness. D. The speaker feels that the greatness of Britain will be everlasting, like that of Nineveh and Tyre.

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