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What are some potential Questions about Hamlet?

Asked by jtvoar16 (2133 points ) April 7th, 2014

My friend has an oral test over Hamlet tomorrow. She will be asked a single question of the teacher’s choosing, and has to answer it in front of the class.
She is FREAKING OUT over this, as she hates talking in front of the class, and NEEDS a good grade.
So, I figured I’d ask you guys if you have any ideas on what the teacher might ask in a public high school, in California.
I’m just looking for any thing to help her out, to maybe alleviate some of the stress.
Oh, and the other problem with this whole stupid thing is; some of the questions might be about the Mel Gibson’s “Hamlet.”
Anything will be appreciated. She knows the material very well, she’s just worried that she will get a difficult question, or she will lock up, and forget everything while standing in front of the class.
Thank you all in advanced!

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23 Answers

ibstubro's avatar

I’m to far removed from the play to be of much help, but I think the questions here might help you help her.

janbb's avatar

What is Hamlet’s main dilemma?

zenvelo's avatar

“What’s the real relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia?”

“What is Hamlet’s Oedipal feeling about his mother demonstrated?”

janbb's avatar

What was the purpose, dramatically and thematically, of the play within a play?

gailcalled's avatar

What was the primary reason for Shakespeare writing that particular play?

Mel Gibson’s Hamlet was still essentially Shakepeare’s Hamlet. Don’t be sidetracked.

jtvoar16's avatar

@gailcalled I figured. I wasn’t sure. But the teacher is a major fan of Gibson’s “work.” don’t get me started on that

So, I wasn’t sure if there could be some “Why doesn’t Mel Gibson hate everyone so much? What examples do you see in his Hamlet movie?” or something like that. :)

As far as everything else, thank you guys so much! I’ll show her tonight! This will help, I hope! :)

gailcalled's avatar

@jtvoar16: Just to be on the safe side, if your friend has not actually seen Zeffirelli’s and Gibson’s “Hamlet,” here’s a decent review.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I don’t understand. Is the teacher expecting the entire class to one by one answer the same question in front of the group, or does each student get a different question? If it’s the former, then @janbb‘s first answer is the one that matters most.

jtvoar16's avatar

@Stanleybmanly Each kid gets a different question to answer in front of the class.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Well then my other question is: Are the students to be graded on their presentation skills as well as knowledge of the materials?

jtvoar16's avatar

@Stanleybmanly As far as I know, just their knowledge. As long as she answers the question in a fashion that makes sense, she’ll pass. He has them do oral book reports and only grades them bad if he can’t hear them

stanleybmanly's avatar

That’s a relief. She’s only going to get better at speaking in front of others through practice. It’s too late for that. Why don’t you ask her both of @janbb‘s splendid questions and see how she does? I would love to hear her answers to both.

jtvoar16's avatar

I showed her everything from here and she says they might help and answered them without difficulty. I suspect. >¿<

rojo's avatar

Damn @ibstubro You could spend weeks on that site and STILL have questions!

ibstubro's avatar

Yup, @rojo. If you need Hamlet questions, that appeared to be the place to be!

gailcalled's avatar

^^^ ...or not to be.

ibstubro's avatar

Well, that is the question, @gailcalled.

jtvoar16's avatar

Great news! She passed with 100%!
She was asked where ghost was trapped. She basically had to say that it was in Purgatory and had to find the part of the play where it talked about the ghost being trapped between fires during the day, or something like that.

It’s funny, because of all the questions I found on all the websites, only one of them had that particular question.

Nonetheless, thank you all again! This was a major help, guys!

gailcalled's avatar

Good news. How comfortable was she with the public speaking part of the exam? As you mentioned, knowing the material and being able to both think and then speak on one’s feet are two different issues.

ibstubro's avatar

Congrats! You’re a good friend!

jtvoar16's avatar

@gailcalled She started to tremble, and then nearly cry >.<, but the teacher was understanding, and helped her out by asking for the line from the book. :)

gailcalled's avatar

And how did she feel when it was over? As though perhaps next time might be just a touch easier? That kind of stage fright is really tough.

jtvoar16's avatar

@gailcalled Probably not. She is TERRIFIED of public speaking… actually, speaking to anyone. She’s just one of those super-shy people.

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