Anticipation Guide for William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Activity A: Indicate where you stand in regard to the statements that follow by checking AGREE or DISAGREE. Be prepared
to defend and support your opinions with specific examples. After reading the text, you will compare your opinions on those
statements with the author's implied and/or stated messages.
1. _______ Families generally have a member's best interests in mind. _______
2. _______ Having a clear goal, and the ambition to achieve it, is honorable. _______
3. _______ Power eventually corrupts the people who have it. _______
4. _______ Revenge is the only way to gain true justice. _______
5. _______ A person's immoral choices can come back to haunt him/her. _______
6. _______ One must take a stand against injustice, even if the personal cost is great. _______
7. _______ A person has to confront death in order to understand life’s meaning. _______
8. _______ Moral courage is more difficult to accomplish than physical courage. _______
9. _______ Evil often spirals out of control. _______
Activitiy B: Select three of the above statements and in paragraph form (of no less than 6-7 sentences per paragraph) defend
and support your opinions with specific examples. You will write ONE paragraph response for each of the three statements –
for a total of THREE paragraphs.