It's Always Good to Have the Last Word. See If You Do by Taking This Test on Hamlet.

William Shakespeare's Hamlet is considered by many the greatest play ever written.  Many of its lines have become embedded in the collective memory of readers around the world.  It is no exaggeration to say that recognizing them is an indication of one's cultural literacy.  How well can you complete each of the following quotations culled from this masterpiece?  20 or more correct earns you a feather in your cap.  Answers follow a brief intermission.

1. More in sorrow than in _____.

2. When sorrows come they come not single spies, //But in ______.

3. How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable//Seem to be all the uses of this _____.

4. O! that this too too solid flesh would melt//Thaw and resolve itself into a ___.

5. He was a man, take him for all in all, // I shall not look upon his like _____.

6. Give thy thoughts no tongue,//Nor any unproportion'd thought his ___.

7. Costly thy habit as thy purse can ___.

8. Something is rotten in the state of _______.

9. I am thy father's spirit//Doom'd for a certain term to walk the _____.

10. That one may smile, and smile, and be a _______.

11. There are more things  in heaven and earth, Horatio,//Than are dreamt of in your __________.

12. For yourself sir, shall grow old as I am, if, like a crab, you could go ________.

13,\. I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite _____.

14. What a piece of work is man! How noble in ______!

15. I am but mad north-by north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a _______.

16. What's Hecuba to him or he to ______.

17. Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too _____.

18. The play's the thing//Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the ____.

19. 'Tis a consummation//Devoutly to be ______.

20. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the ______.

21. The lady doth protest too much ________.

22. O! my offense is rank, it smells to _______.

23. A king of shreds and _______.

24.  I must be cruel only to be ____.

25. Sweets to the _____.





The Last Words:

1. anger; 2. battalions; 3. world; 4. dew; 5. again; 6. act; 7. buy; 8. Denmark; 9. night; 10. villain; 11. philosophy; 12. backward; 13. space; 14. reason; 15. handsaw; 16. Hecuba; 17. light; 18. king; 19. wished; 20. tongue; 21. methinks; 22. heaven; 23. patches; 24. kind; 25. sweet.





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  • Excellent quiz, AW--Definitely going to have to brush up my Shakespeare!

    How can they choose from so much greatness? In addition to Hamlet let me add Macbeth, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream...and maybe my favorite, The Tempest.....

  • Which reminds me of the song from Kiss Me Kate: "Brush up your Shakespeare. Start quoting him now. Brush up your Shakespeare. And the women you will wow."

    WG, google it. The Cole Porter lyrics are hilarious.

  • Thanks, AW! I was thinking of that line, but didn't realize it was from KIss Me Kate, ha ha.

    Speaking of The Tempest, there's a flash fiction contest on that theme today. 150 words. Give it a try

  • Here's a better link---

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