Hamlet's To Be Or Not To Be Soliloquy: Meaning & Overview


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What does the line 'to be or not to be' from the play Hamlet mean?

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1. Who is the author of the play Hamlet?

2. What is a soliloquy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'To be or not to be' is one of the most popular lines in English literature. Using this quiz/worksheet combo, you will be assessed on your ability to interpret the famous soliloquy as well as your knowledge of the play Hamlet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make sure you're familiar with the following, in order to pass the quiz:

  • Author of Hamlet
  • Meaning of a soliloquy
  • Overall narrative of the play
  • 'To be or not to be' soliloquy

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson on Hamlet
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the line, 'To be or not to be,' and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the author of Hamlet
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the narrative and structure of the play

Additional Learning

The lesson, Hamlet's To Be Or Not To Be Soliloquy: Meaning & Overview, will provide an interpretation of Hamlet's famous line. It will also help you:

  • Learn the story of Hamlet
  • Understand Hamlet's motivation
  • Know important lines and scenes from the play
  • Recognize other characters from Hamlet, including Gertrude, Claudius and Ophelia