“Hamlet” Act 1 Study Guide Questions (These are only the questions. For the full study guide, refer to your PDF copy of the study guide posted on Google Classroom.) ** PLEASE MAKE ALL YOUR ANSWERS IN BLUE TEXT AND ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS COMPLETELY the way you know how to answer open-ended questions! Act 1, Scenes 1-2 1. What key points do we learn about the play’s plot from the sentinels (guards) in the first scene? 2. Hamlet’s very first line in the play is short, but it reveals quite a bit about him. What is his first line, and what do we learn about him? 3. When the queen and Hamlet discuss his father’s death, she says, “Thou knowest ‘tis common. All that lives must die/Pass through nature to eternity.” What is she trying to tell him by saying it is common? When Hamlet says, “Ay, madam, it is common,” how is he using the word common in a different meaning? 4. In what way does Claudius criticize Hamlet’s continued mourning for his father? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
- Fall '18
- Dr. Molnar
- Hamlet, Gertrude, Characters in Hamlet