Act 1- Hamlet notecards.txt
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The curtain opens on what setting (place and time)? s1
Midnight in the castle of Elsinore, Denmark
Why is Francisco happy to see Bernardo? s1
He is cold, tired, and worried about seeing the ghost.
Why had Marcellus begged Horatio to join in the watch? s1
Because he wants Horatio to believe that they saw King Hamlet's ghost.
What does the ghost look like? do? say? s1
King Hamlet; It stalks away. It doesn't say anything.
What was the outcome of the fight between King Hamlet and Fortinbras? s1
King Hamlet killed Fortinbras and took over the disputed land.
Why is there a need for a nightly watch on the palace? s1
There is fear that young Fortinbras will attach Denmark to revenge his father's death and to take back the land.
How are Claudius, the dead King Hamlet, and Queen Gertrude related? s2
Claudius is the brother of KIng Hamlet, brother-in-law to the queen and Prince Hamlet's uncle.
What is in the letter Claudius is sending to the ailing King of Norway? s2
A request that the "old Norway" (Fortinbras' uncle) reign in the young Fortinbras and keep him from attacking Denmark.
Who is Laertes? Why does he want to leave Denmark? s2
He is the son of Polonius (Lord Chamberlain/ counselor to the King) and the brother of Ophelia. He wants to go to France.
Why is young Hamlet grieving? How do Claudius and Gertrude treat his grief? s2
He is grieving over his father's death and his mother's quick marriage to Claudius. They tell him his grief is inappropriate and unmanly.
Why is the King planning a celebration? s2
He is planning a celebration to cheer up and welcome Hamlet's decision to stay in Elsinore.
Who is Horatio? What does he reveal to Hamlet? s2
He is Hamlet's school friend from Wittenburg. He tells him that he has seen his father's ghost.
What advice does Laertes give Ophelia? s3
He tells her that Hamlet is not serious about her, and she needs to remain chaste.
What advice does Polonius give Laertes? s3
He tells him to behave properly at school and do not borrow or lend money.
What advice does Polonius give Ophelia? s3
He tells her not to dishonor the family or herself and to remain chaste.
How does HAmlet feel about the drunken revelry? s4
He feels it is a disgrace and causes other nations to disdain the Danish culture.
What mixed feelings does HAmlet have when he sees the Ghost? s4
He is not sure it is his father or an evil spirit that was sent to damn him.
Why doesn't Horatio want Hamlet to follow the Ghost? s4
He is afraid that either the ghost will either harm or kill Hamlet.
What does the Ghost tell Hamlet? s5
He says that Claudius poured poison in his ear and caused his death.
How does the Ghost want Hamlet to treat Claudius? Gertrude? s5
He wants him to kill Claudius but to spare his mother Gertrude.
What does HAmlet make Horatio and Marcellus swear? Why? s5
He makes them swear that they will keep secret the incident with the ghost; He is plotting revenge against Claudius.
What does Polonius say to Laertes as advice? quote
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be."
What does Hamlet say to Horatio? quote
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
What does Polonius say to Laertes as departing words to remember?
"This above all to thine own self be true."
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