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Act II, Scene 2

Why have the King and Queen sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? To get Hamlet to enjoy life and find the reason for Hamlet's insanity
How does Hamlet know Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? They were childhood friends and schoolmates
Do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern agree to the King's request? Yes
What news do the ambassadors bring from Norway? Old Norway has reprimanded Fortinbras. Fortinbras will not attack Denmark
Why does Gertrude think Hamlet acts insane? Because of his father's death and their over-hasty marriage
How does Old Norway reward Fortinbras for accepting Norway's rebuke? He gives Fortinbras 3000 crowns yearly and allows Fortinbras to organize an army to attack Poland
What message does Old Norway send to Claudius? Old Norway asks that Fortinbras march his army through Denmark on his way to attack Poland
When Polonius begins his story about Hamlet's madness, why does Gertrude chide him? Polonius is too wordy
Do the King and Queen think Hamlet could be madly in love with Ophelia? Possibly
How do Claudius, Gertrude and Polonius test to see if Hamlet is madly in love with Ophelia? A meeting is to be "accidently" set up between Ophelia and Hamlet. Claudius and Polonius will secretly listen to their conversation
Where does Hamlet spend hours daily reading? In the lobby
Where do Claudius and Polonius hide to listen to Hamlet and Ophelia speak? Behind a curtain or tapestry
What does Hamlet call Polonius? A fishmonger
Is Hamlet initially happy to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Yes
In speaking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, how does Hamlet refer to Denmark? As a prison
When Hamlet asks why Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have come, what do they say? Just to visit
Do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern finally admit they sent for? Yes
Who do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern tell Hamlet are coming? The players or actors
Why are the actors not as popular as they once were? A group of child actors are popular now
Hamlet compares the fickleness of the people with the actors to what in Denmark? People who used to laugh at Claudius now pay up to 100 ducats for a miniature of him
Hamlet tells Guildenstern that the King and Queen are deceived. How are they deceived? Hamlet's only mad when he pretends to be.
What speech does Hamlet request of the actors? The story Aeneas told Dido--particularly about the slaughter of Priam
What bothers Polonius about the actor? The actor has tears in his eyes while speaking
What play does Hamlet want presented before the court? The Murder of Gonzago
What does Hamlet ask the actors to do when performing? Add 12-16 lines written by Hamlet
In his soliloquy, how does Hamlet feel inadequate to the actors? The actor cries for a fictional story. Hamlet is lazy and doing nothing to revenge his father's death.
What does Hamlet hope will happen at the play? The realistic performance will encourage Claudius to confess his sin of murder
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