Shakespeare's Claudius: Character Analysis & Traits


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1. Which of the following is an example of a trait possessed by Claudius in the play Hamlet?

2. How did Claudius become King of Denmark in Hamlet?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Claudius is the antagonist of Hamlet, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the character. You'll also be assessed on your understanding of the play's story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessments focus on the following:

  • Definition of antagonist
  • Characteristic of Claudius
  • Claudius' path to the throne
  • Reason for Claudius' inclusion in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related English lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Claudius' relation to Hamlet
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify one of Claudius' personality traits

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled Shakespeare's Claudius: Character Analysis & Traits. The lesson includes these objectives:

  • Learn the story of Hamlet
  • Understand Claudius' role in the play
  • Know important characters and scenes