Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2, p. 84-95.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the instruments the musicians play?
(a) Bagpipe, horn, and cymbals
(b) Trumpet, drum, and harp
(c) Drum, flute, and horn
(d) Horn, flute, and harpsichord

2. When Guildenstern insists their meeting must have been chance, how does the Player reply?
(a) There is no chance of chance.
(b) It was written into a script.
(c) It might have been fate.
(d) Stranger things have happened.

3. What is strange about where Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are throughout the entire play?
(a) They think they are in England.
(b) They are either on the road or in the castle.
(c) They move quickly from place to place.
(d) They are always in the same place and the action and characters come to them.

4. What saves Guildenstern from being trapped by Rosencrantz's betrayal?
(a) The guard enters saying that hamlet got away.
(b) Hamlet is escorted in at that moment and he and his escort follow Claudius off stage.
(c) A scream is hear coming from inside the palace.
(d) Hamlet runs across the stage followed by an angry troupe.

5. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?
(a) Great Tragedies and comedies they have performed before kings
(b) Bawdy barroom ballads acted out by the mimes as the musician splay and sing
(c) Adam and Eve in the Garden in their original costumes
(d) Rapes are mentioned and he alludes to wives and "ravished virgins" and asks if he is getting warm.

Short Answer Questions

1. What decision do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find impossible to make?

2. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

3. Back inside the castle, what does Rosencrantz declare?

4. What happens when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make a snare for Hamlet out of their belts?

5. Finally what does Rosencrantz decide to do?

(see the answer key)

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