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. What does Guildenstern do with the coins he takes out of his bag?
(a) Buys fruit
(b) Bites them
(c) Gives them to beggars
(d) Spins them

2. What new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?
(a) That the coins are heavier on one side than the other.
(b) That his arm has grown too tired to toss properly.
(c) That he needs to learn how to toss coins.
(d) That he is somehow willing for Rosencrantz to win.

3. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?
(a) He says he tripped on a rock in the road.
(b) He pretends to black out.
(c) He says he was merely testing the Player's reflexes.
(d) He reminds the Player that he had offered audience participation.

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

5. What is Alfred's reply when Guildenstern asks if he likes being an actor?
(a) He says he always wanted to be an actor.
(b) He says he does not.
(c) He says he never really thought about it.
(d) He says it's an easy way to earn a living.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What question does Guildenstern press on Rosencrantz during their discussion of the game?

3. When the time theory is disproved, what does Guildenstern think of next?

4. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?

5. How does Guildenstern win money from the Player and the troupe?

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