Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern he would do if he lost that many times?
(a) Examine the coins
(b) Quit before he lost everything
(c) Draw his sword
(d) Keep playing until he started to win

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

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

4. What does Guildenstern continue doing with the coin tosses?
(a) Using only the heaviest coins
(b) Trying different ways of tossing them
(c) Biting them before tossing them
(d) Saying a prayer before tossing them

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. After trying again and again, what is the score of the game?

4. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?

5. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.

(see the answer key)

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