Claudius Quotes in Hamlet


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In Hamlet, which character is the antagonist?

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1. In Hamlet, which character uses the phrase 'unmanly grief'?

2. In Hamlet, what is Claudius referring to when he speaks of his 'painted word' in Act 3?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

On this worksheet/quiz combo you will answer test questions on who the antagonist is in Hamlet, who speaks of 'unmanly grief,' and when it becomes certain that Claudius has murdered his brother.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz include:

  • What Claudius means by 'painted word'
  • Which Biblical character Claudius refers to in his quote 'primal eldest curse'
  • When the audience actually learns that Claudius has killed Hamlet's father

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Hamlet to name the antagonist in the play
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about Claudius' reference to the 'primal eldest curse'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which character uses the phrase 'unmanly grief'

Additional Learning

Study the lesson titled Claudius Quotes in Hamlet to learn more. When you finish, you should be able to:

  • Define and explain 'antagonist'
  • Explain why Hamlet does not kill Claudius as he is praying in Act III, Scene 3
  • Name the play Hamlet stages to trap Claudius