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Hamlet from Open Source Shakespeare


Hamlet from No Fear Shakespeare


Hamlet Full Text from bartleby.com


Hamlet Study Guide


Hamlet Seminar


The Bible on incest


Hamlet Act 1 scene 2 and scene 5 close reading


Montaigne and Cicero on Friendship

The play can be understood as a treatise on friendship. Compare Hamlet's relationship with Horatio to his relationship with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.


Hamlet quiz Acts 1-2


Hamlet scenes for performance 


Hamlet Championship



AP prompts for Hamlet


Go to the Hamlet AP essay lab

Go to AP Writing Gateway Page


2002, Form B. Often in literature, a character's success in achieving goals depends on keeping a secret and divulging it only at the right moment, if at all. Choose a novel or play of literary merit that requires a character to keep a secret. In a well-organized essay, briefly explain the necessity for secrecy and how the character's choice to reveal or keep the secret affects the plot and contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. 

Sample essays here

Scoring explanations from the AP readers here


2004, Form B. The most important themes in literature are sometimes developed in scenes in which a death or deaths take place. Choose a novel or play and write a well-organized essay in which you show how a specific death scene helps to illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.


2007. In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Choose a novel or play in which a character must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal. Then write an essay in which you show how the character's relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.


sample essay by an actual real live student


2007, Form B. Works of literature often depict acts of betrayal. Friends and even family may betray a protagonist; main characters may likewise be guilty of treachery or may betray their own values. Select a novel or play that includes such acts of betrayal. Then, in a well-written essay, analyze the nature of the betrayal and show how it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.



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