Part I. 10 Quote Identifications: Character and audience.
Part II. Passage analysis: Select 3 or 5 longer quotes which you will have to paraphrase and explain the significance.
Part III. "Words, Words, Words" Essay: Select 3 significant words from Hamlet - explain their connection (and their significance).
Here's a sampling of words... What will your three words be?
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Number of times used
More than a 100 times
Taken from Statistical Reasoning for Everyday Life, Bennett, Briggs, Triola, Second Edition, Addison Wesley Longman, 2002
For the Shakespeare question, the first sample consists of the complete known works of Shakespeare, specifically the number of words that are used once, twice, three times, and so forth. Table 1 shows a (small) part of the first sample. The table says that in the works of Shakespeare, 14,376 words were used exactly once, 4343 words were used exactly twice, and so forth. The full table is much larger and continues far beyond 10 occurrences. For example, in the full table, we would see that 5 words were used exactly 100 times and 846 words were used more than 100 times. In his complete works, Shakespeare used 31,534 different words and a grand total of 884,647 words counting repetitions. (The task of counting words is a nontrivial task; the results are compiled in a concordance of the works of Shakespeare.)
Table 1. The number of words in the complete works of Shakespeare that are use once, twice, up to ten times.
Number of words
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