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

2. How does Guildenstern win money from the Player and the troupe?
(a) He plays a shell game.
(b) He calls all coin tosses as heads.
(c) He bets they cannot guess his birthday.
(d) He calls all coin tosses as tails.

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

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

5. What is Rosencrantz's reaction to the way the game keeps going?
(a) He is upset because Guildenstern will run out of coins.
(b) He thinks something is odd about the game.
(c) He is a little embarrassed because he keeps winning.
(d) He laughs and whistles every time he wins a coin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern continue doing with the coin tosses?

2. When Guildenstern insists their meeting must have been chance, how does the Player reply?

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

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

5. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?

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