HAMLET TEST PREPARATION The test will be in two parts—short answers Tuesday, long essay on Wednesday. The essay on Wed. will be open book—but not open notes, though you may have stickynotes or note cards in your book so that you can quickly find particular passages. You will write your essay as a response to a prompt about the play. You will have to use all of your understanding and knowledge about the play to construct your essay, which will be a multi-paragraph essay using proper format, etc. You are judged on both understanding of the play and writing ability. You are to create a piece of writing that makes a statement in response to the prompt. You are not answering a test question. (75 points) For Tuesday: The test is all short answers. The test only deals with the play. You will have some type of choice. You will be asked to identify quotations and discuss them. You will also be asked to discuss particular elements of the play (without passages in front of you.) You will have to possess superior knowledge of all characters and the entire plot—but the questions will not be plot or character identification. You’ll need to pace yourself. The key will be how concise and complete you can be. Can you make clear connections to develop your point? Or are you just making lists? Think of the short answers as single paragraphs. Pay attention to your topic sentences. (60-90 pts.) Do not forget about the list of quotations. Are there others that you would add to the list? Can you name speaker, context and thematic relevance for all of the quotations? Can you make specific connections to incidents and speeches in the play that connect in support of thematic ideas? Can you apply ideas and show some original thought in your answers? Can you support with evidence that those thoughts are legitimate?