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Hamlet Act 1 Discussion Questions

Hamlet Act 1 Discussion Questions
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Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Are you using Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet' in your class? Here are discussion questions for Act 1, listed by Bloom's Taxonomy, so you can reach students at their current level before pushing them to those higher order thinking skills.

Level 1 - Remember

Are you using Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, in your class? Here are discussion questions for Act 1, listed by Bloom's Taxonomy, so you can reach students at their current level before pushing them to those higher order thinking skills. The following five tiers of questions should help them to better remember, understand, apply, analyze, and reflect on what they've read.

The Level 1 level of questions should focus on how well students remember basic plot points, characters, and details from Act 1 of Hamlet.

For example:

  • What do the guards decide to do about the ghost in scene 1?

  • Who is the current king of Denmark?

  • Who is the previous king?

  • How is Hamlet related to the current king?

  • What does Polonius order his daughter to do, regarding Hamlet?

  • What is one reason Hamlet gives for not liking the party being thrown by the current king?

  • What does the ghost want Hamlet to do?

Level 2 - Understand

Level 2 will go a little bit more in-depth to test students' understanding of the act they've just read.

For example:

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