Horatio Quotes in Hamlet


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In Shakespeare's Hamlet, how does Horatio function as a foil to Hamlet?

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1. Which of the following quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet evokes Horatio's classical education?

2. What interaction between Hamlet and Horatio does the following image depict?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Horatio shows himself to be a true friend to Hamlet by his speeches as much as by his actions. This worksheet and quiz combination will test you on his function in the play, how some of his quotations reflect a classical education and how Horatio describes the Ghost's expression.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions include:

  • Which one of Horatio's speeches reflects his loyalty most effectively
  • How Horatio's character serves as Hamlet's opposite
  • What interaction is shown in a given illustration

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Horatio's character to describe his function as a foil to Hamlet
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about how Horatio describes himself to demonstrate his undying friendship to Hamlet
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the word Horatio uses to describe the expression on the face of the ghost of King Hamlet

Additional Learning

For more information, study the lesson, Horatio Quotes in Hamlet. Upon completion, you should be able to:

  • Explain what a Renaissance man is and why Horatio fits this description
  • Define 'exposition' and discuss what Horatio does that demonstrates it
  • Identify the king to whom Horatio must convey the news of Hamlet's death