Figurative Language in Hamlet


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Figurative language is a general term that means what?

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1. A pun is most often used to convey what?

2. What is the main difference between a direct metaphor and an implied metaphor?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses a wide variety of literary devices to get his point across, enhance the beauty of the poetry, and assist in telling the story on many levels. This quiz and worksheet will test you on what these devices are and why they're used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz test you on:

  • The difference between a direct and an implied metaphor
  • How literary allusions are used
  • What personification is

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what figurative language is
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of figurative language to identify the form associated with personification
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about what puns convey

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson titled, Figurative Language in Hamlet to learn more. When you finish, you will meet these objectives:

  • Identify Niobe and explain why the gods punished her
  • Tell what the 'primal eldest curse' is
  • Describe Hamlet's relationship with his mother and stepfather