Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1, p. 20-34.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?
(a) There are coins scattered all over the stage.
(b) Guildenstern asks Rosencrantz to loan him more coins.
(c) Rosencrantz keeps saying he is tired of playing the game.
(d) Guildenstern's bag is nearly empty while Rosencrantz's bag is full.

2. What does Guildenstern mean when he says he is afraid, too?
(a) He is afraid that he has run out of coins.
(b) He is afraid that someone is coming.
(c) He is afraid that it really is his day.
(d) He is afraid that the weather is causing the results.

3. What type of performance does the Player say they can put on for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Only a few plays that they have memorized
(b) Comedies that will give them stitches in their sides
(c) Mimes and dance accompanied by their musicians
(d) Tragedy to include deaths, disclosures, unexpected turns of events, and even transvestite melodrama

4. Who are the well-dressed Elizabethan gentlemen at the opening of the play?
(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
(b) Hamlet and Horatio
(c) Claudius and Polonius
(d) Procter and Gamble

5. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?
(a) He tosses two coins at once.
(b) He rubs the coin on his shirt before tossing it.
(c) He tosses it much farther away.
(d) He lets it land in his other hand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?

2. What is the Player's response when Rosencrantz asks if the two of them are enough for an audience?

3. What does the player tell Guildenstern they are more about?

4. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern identified in Stoppard's script?

5. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?

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