Religion in Hamlet


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What social event precipitated the religious doubts and debates seen in William Shakespeare's Hamlet?

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1. In Act I of Shakespeare's Hamlet, why is the ghost portrayed as being in purgatory?

2. Which of the following quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet could be seen as poking fun at theological debates?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz will test you to see how much you know about the role of religion as it is portrayed in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The quiz questions test you on why the ghost of Hamlet's father is in purgatory and the level of religious devotion that some of the characters display.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz covers:

  • Which two characters care least about religion
  • How Hamlet makes gentle fun of theological debates
  • What quote expresses Hamlet's growing religious doubts

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Hamlet to explain the source of the ghost's sufferings
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about Hamlet's changing views on religion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the religious upheaval that impacted Shakespeare's Hamlet

Additional Learning

To study this topic in greater depth, take a look at the lesson called Religion in Hamlet. This lesson will help you meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the role of free will in Hamlet
  • Explain the significance of Ophelia's Christian burial
  • Discuss Queen Elizabeth I's position on religious divisions in England