Shakespeare's Gertrude: Character Analysis & Traits


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In Shakespeare's Hamlet, which of the following characters does NOT infantilize Gertrude?

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1. What misogynist assumption is articulated in Hamlet's exclamation about Gertrude, 'Frailty, thy name is woman!'?

2. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Queen Gertrude serves as a foil to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The test questions on this quiz/worksheet combination focus on Queen Gertrude. The quiz asks about how she is treated by the men in her life and the traits that characterize her.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer test questions on:

  • Why Hamlet says 'Frailty, thy name is woman!' in reference to her
  • Who Gertrude is a foil to
  • What her primary weakness is

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Gertrude to identify the character to whom she acts as a foil
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about Hamlet's reasons for calling women frail
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning of the images depicted in a given illustration

Additional Learning

Access Shakespeare's Gertrude: Character Analysis & Traits for additional study. Upon completion, you should be able to:

  • Define and explain 'misogyny'
  • Explain Gertrude's quotation, 'The lady doth protest too much, methinks.'
  • Discuss some reasons why Gertrude might not want Hamlet to return to university