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The Hamlet Study Quiz

Question #1
Complete the following famous line from Hamlet: Something is rotten in the state of...

a) England
b) Venice
c) Denmark
d) Maine

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More Resources

 Analysis of the Characters in Hamlet
 Introduction to Hamlet
 The Hamlet and Ophelia Subplot
 The Norway (Fortinbras) Subplot
 Deception in Hamlet

 Imagery of Disease and Corruption in Hamlet
 Quotations from Hamlet (with commentary)
 Philological Examination Questions on Hamlet
 Hamlet Study Quiz (with answers)
 Hamlet: Q & A
 Plot Summary of Hamlet

 Soliloquy Analysis: O this too too... (1.2)
 Soliloquy Analysis: O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!... (2.2)
 Soliloquy Analysis: To be, or not to be... (3.1)
 Soliloquy Analysis: Tis now the very witching time of night... (3.2)
 Soliloquy Analysis: Now might I do it pat... (3.3)
 Soliloquy Analysis: How all occasions do inform against me... (4.4)

 Claudius and the Condition of Denmark
 The Purpose of the Dumb-Show
 Claudius and the Mousetrap
 In Secret Conference: The Meeting Between Claudius and Laertes
 Defending Claudius - The Charges Against the King

 O Jephthah - Toying with Polonius
 The Death of Polonius and its Impact on Hamlet's Character
 Blank Verse and Diction in Shakespeare's Hamlet

 Ophelia's Burial and Christian Rituals
 The Baker's Daughter: Ophelia's Nursery Rhymes
 The Significance of Ophelia's Flowers
 Ophelia and Laertes
 Mistrusted Love: Ophelia and Polonius

 Hamlet's Silence
 An Excuse for Doing Nothing: Hamlet's Delay
 Foul Deeds Will Rise: Hamlet and Divine Justice
 Shakespeare's Fools: The Grave-Diggers in Hamlet
 Shakespeare's View of the Child Actors

 Hamlet's Humor: The Wit of Shakespeare's Prince of Denmark
 Hamlet as National Hero
 All About Yorick
 Hamlet's Melancholy: The Transformation of the Prince

 Characteristics of Elizabethan Tragedy
 Divine Providence in Hamlet
 What is Tragic Irony?
 Seneca's Tragedies and the Elizabethan Drama
 Shakespeare's Sources for Hamlet

Quote in Context

microsoft images What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable!
Hamlet, (2.2), Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Hamlet explains that he has lost all joy, and although he can still appreciate the grandeur of humanity conceptually, he no longer derives happiness from human interaction. The corrupt moral condition of Denmark is to blame. Hamlet's reflections on the nobility of man illustrate his profound intellect, curiosity and idealism. The significance of his moral philosophy is made that much greater by the company he keeps. Read on...


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 Hamlet: The Complete Play with Explanatory Notes
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 Five Classic Solutions of the Hamlet Problem

 Hamlet: Problem Play and Revenge Tragedy
 Analysis of I am sick at heart (1.1)
 The Elder Hamlet: The Kingship of Hamlet's Father
 Hamlet's Relationship with the Ghost
 The Significance of the Ghost in Armor


Did You Know? ... Hamlet contains more disease imagery than any other play, followed by Troilus and Cressida. The imagery in Troilus and Cressida is less subtle. An example can be found in Thersites' conversation with Patroclus:
Now, the rotten diseases
of the south, the guts-griping, ruptures, catarrhs,
loads o' gravel i' the back, lethargies, cold
palsies, raw eyes, dirt-rotten livers, wheezing
lungs, bladders full of imposthume, sciaticas,
limekilns i' the palm, incurable bone-ache, and the
rivelled fee-simple of the tetter, take and take
again such preposterous discoveries! (5.1.17-24)