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Here is a list of 12 -lettered words from Shakespeare's Hamlet . Here is a small quiz based on these words?
1. Guildenstern
2. achievements
3. circumstance
4. compulsatory
5. conveniently
6. demonstrated
7. disappointed
8. entreatments
9. incontinency
10. indirections
11. instrumental
12. invulnerable
13. questionable
14. stubbornness
15. undertakings
16. unprevailing
17. unprofitable

Fill in the blanks with appropriate words from the choice box. Hover your mouse over the blank to see the suggested answer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Dramatis Personae - Claudius, King of Denmark. - Marcellus, Officer. - Hamlet, son to the former, and nephew to the present king. - Polonius, Lord Chamberlain. - Horatio, friend to Hamlet. - Laertes, son to Polonius. - Voltemand, courtier. - Cornelius, courtier. - Rosencrantz, courtier. - ____, courtier. - Osric, courtier. - A Gentleman, courtier. - A Priest. - Marcellus, officer. - Bernardo, officer. - Francisco, a soldier - Reynaldo, servant to Polonius. - Players. - Two Clowns, gravediggers. - Fortinbras, Prince of Norway. - A Norwegian Captain. - English Ambassadors. - Getrude, Queen of Denmark, mother to Hamlet. - Ophelia, daughter to Polonius. - Ghost of Hamlet's Father. - Lords, ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Sailors, Messengers, Attendants.
Hamlet comments to his friend Horatio : This heavy-headed revel east and west
Makes us traduced and taxed of other nations;
They clip us drunkards and with swinish phrase
Soil our addition; and indeed it takes
From our ____, though performed at height,
The pith and marrow of our attribute.
Hamlet's father's ghost says to Hamlet : Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand
Of life, of crown, of queen, at once dispatched;
Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
Unhouseled, ____, unaneled,
No reckoning made, but sent to my account
With all my imperfections on my head. Notes: Anele = anoint. Unaneled = unanointed.
Polonius comments to his daughter Ophilia Hamlet's love : Affection? Pooh! You speak like a green girl,
Unsifted in such perilous ____.

Horatio explains to Bernardo about the motives of young Fortinbros : But to recover of us, by strong hand
And terms ____, those foresaid lands
So by his father lost; and this, I take it,
Is the main motive of our preparations,
The source of this our watch, and the chief head
Of this post-haste and romage in the land. - Notes :

Bernardo (officer) tells Horatio- Hamlet's friend before seeing the ghost of the slain king : I think it be no other but even so.
Hamlet wonders to himself in resignation after seeing his mother and uncle Claudius : How weary, stale, flat, and ____
Seem to me all the uses of this world!.
Horatio (Hamlet's friend) comments about bad omens for the country :
And even the like precurse of fierce events,
As harbingers preceding still the fates
And prologue to the omen coming on,
Have heaven and earth together ____
Unto our climature and countrymen.
King Claudius was chiding Hamlet : We pray you throw to earth
This ____ woe, and think of us
As of a father; for let the world take note
You are the most immediate to our throne,
And with no less nobility of love
Than that which dearest father bears his son
Do I impart toward you.

King Claudius was childing Hamlet : For your intent In going back to school in Wittenberg, It is most retrograde to our desire; And we beseech you, bend you to remain Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye,
Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.
Polonius asks his daughter Ophilia to accompany him to the King and Queen's presence : Come, go with me. I will go seek the King Claudius :
This is the very ecstasy of love,
Whose violent property fordoes itself
And leads the will to desperate ____
As oft as any passion under heaven
That does afflict our natures.

Polonius inquires from his daughter Ophilia whether she spoke any harsh words to Hamlet : I am sorry.
Polonius counsels his daughter Ophilia about Hamlet's love : Set your ____ at a higher rate Than a command to parley. For Lord Hamlet, Believe so much in him, that he is young,
And with a larger tether may he walk Than may be given you. Note : 'tether' here means : restraint consisting of a rope chain used to restrain an animal.
11. Hamlet to his father's ghost : Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,
Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou comest in such a ____ shape
That I will speak to thee. I'll call thee Hamlet,
King, father, royal Dane. O, answer me? Note : Goblin = a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings.
12. Horatio (Hamlet's friend) says to Marcellus (officer) : Let's do't, I pray; and I this morning know
Where we shall find him most ____.
(Horatio) Exeunt.
13. Polonius (Ophilia's father) says to Reynaldo (his servant): See you now-
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth;
And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
With windlasses and with assays of bias,
By ____ find directions out.
14. Polonius (Ophilia's father) says to Reyaldo (his servant) : You must not put another scandal on him,
That he is open to ____.
15.King Claudius to Hamlet : It is sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet,
To give these mourning duties to your father;
But you must know, your father lost a father;
That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound
In filial obligation for some term
To do obsequious sorrow. But to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious ____.
16.King Claudius to Polonius's son Laertes : The head is not more native to the heart,
The hand more ____ to the mouth,
Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.
17.Marcellus (Officer) tells his colleagues. Context : Their effort to pierce the slain king's ghost with a partisan failed : We do it wrong, being so majestical,
To offer it the show of violence;
For it is as the air, ____,
And our vain blows malicious mockery.

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