Setting & Time Period of Hamlet


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What is the primary setting of William Shakespeare's 1603 play, Hamlet?

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1. In Hamlet, Hamlet's allegiance to King Claudius is determined by what theory?

2. In Hamlet, why does Hamlet want to kill King Claudius?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The historical context of Hamlet is an important aspect surrounding the plot. This assessment will test your understanding of the play's context with questions about setting, time period, and the social and political atmosphere.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics will be covered in the quiz, and will test your understanding of Hamlet and its historical context:

  • Primary setting
  • Hamlet's allegiance to King Claudius
  • Characteristics of the medieval and renaissance periods

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Hamlet
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine Hamlet's motivation behind wanting to kill King Claudius
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where the title character has been before the play starts
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theory explaining Hamlet's allegiance to King Claudius

Additional Learning

To learn more about Shakespeare's play and era, review the lesson titled Setting & Time Period of Hamlet. This lesson further details the context of this play, including:

  • Medieval and renaissance period
  • Humanist movement
  • Divinity and afterlife
  • Modern changes