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 does Guildenstern summarize that day?
(a) Right after breakfast they got a summons for jury duty.
(b) they were sleeping and suddenly found themselves on a road they don't know.
(c) They were awakened at dawn with a message, a summons, and a new record for heads and tails.
(d) They got a message to come quickly but it did not tell them where.

2. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?
(a) They he is surprised to find gentlemen there.
(b) That it is a lucky thing they came along.
(c) That there are highwaymen about.
(d) That there is strength in numbers.

3. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) He says that he had mistaken them for bawdy actors.
(b) He says that he was desparate to make money so they could eat.
(c) He says that he had only been joking with them just for the fun of it.
(d) He says that they should have seen his troupe in better times.

4. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?
(a) By two white horses
(b) By the two musicians
(c) By two of the actors
(d) By two donkeys

5. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?
(a) He draws his sword and tells the Player if he suggests that again, he will kill him.
(b) He says he was prepared for any kind of messenger, but instead he is approached by prostitutes.
(c) He laughs in the Player's face and calls him stupid.
(d) He calls the Player a pimp and orders him to leave with his troupe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?

2. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?

3. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?

4. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?

5. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?

(see the answer key)

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