Act III, scene i
1. What does Polonius have Ophelia do in this scene? Why? What are Polonius and Claudius doing
while Ophelia does this?
2. In his famous soliloquy in this scene, what is Hamlet trying to decide? Explain how you know.
Frame and cite lines from the soliloquy as support.
3. In his soliloquy, what two comparisons does Hamlet make? What is the point of the comparisons?
4. What does Hamlet decide to do by the end of the soliloquy? Why?
5. When Hamlet meets Ophelia, how does he treat her? Why?
6. Where does Hamlet suggest Ophelia go? Why do you think he suggests this? Explain.
7. Is Ophelia honest with Hamlet? Explain why or why not.
8. At the end of the scene, what does Claudius think regarding Hamlet? Frame and cite a quote as
9. What does Claudius decide to do about Hamlet? What does Polonius suggest?
Act III, scene ii
1. What does Hamlet tell Horatio he admires about him? What is the point of the compliment? Explain.
2. What does Hamlet tell Horatio about his plan, and tell Horatio to do?
3. In this scene, how does Hamlet treat Ophelia? Frame and cite a quote as support.
4. What does Ophelia think about the play? What literary device does her response exhibit?
5. What does Hamlet say is the title of the play?
6. How does Claudius react to the play?
7. When speaking with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet hands Guildenstern something. What is
it? What is Hamlet comparing himself to and what is his point?
8. According to Rosencrantz, who wants to see Hamlet?
Act III, scene iii
1. What is revealed in Claudius’s soliloquy while he tries to pray? Fame and cite a quote from the
soliloquy as support.
2. What is Hamlet tempted to do in this scene? Why doesn’t he?
3. What literary device does Shakespeare use in this scene to great effect? Explain.
Act III, scene iv
1. Who does Hamlet kill in this scene? How and why?
2. Who intervenes on behalf of Gertrude in this scene?
3. Of what does Hamlet accuse Gertrude? Explain.
4. What does Hamlet urge Gertrude to do?
5. What does Hamlet take with him when he leaves Gertrude?
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