Act IV, scene i:
1. What does Gertrude tell Claudius at the beginning of Act IV? What does this reveal about her
character and/or the role of women during the Elizabethan Age? Explain.
2. What is Claudius’ reaction?
Act IV, scene ii
1. What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask Hamlet in Act IV, scene ii?
2. How does Hamlet react to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Frame and cite a quote that reveals
3. What game does Hamlet seem to be playing at the scene’s end? Explain.
Act IV, scene iii
1. What does Claudius say must be done with Hamlet?
2. What has Hamlet done with the body of Polonius?
3. How does Hamlet react to the news from Claudius that he is being sent to England?
4. What does Claudius really plan to do with Hamlet? Explain how you know.
Act IV, scene iv
1. On his way to England, who does Hamlet meet?
2. What does this person tell Hamlet that impresses him?
3. In his soliloquy, what does Hamlet vow to do? Frame and cite a quote as support.
Act IV, scene v
1. What has happened to Ophelia since the death of her father? Explain.
2. When Laertes returns, what does he do?
3. What does Claudius say to Laertes?
4. How does Laertes react to Ophelia when he sees her?
Act IV, scene vi:
1. What news does a sailor bring to Horatio from Hamlet?
Act IV, scene vii:
1. What do Claudius and Laertes plan to do with Hamlet?
2. What news about Ophelia does Gertrude tell Claudius and Laertes?
3. How does Laertes react?
4. How does Claudius react?
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