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 is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?
(a) Whether they grow before birth and after death
(b) Whether they grow at the same rate
(c) Whether they are like toenails
(d) Whether they should be worn long or short

2. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?
(a) That they must be dreaming.
(b) That it just wasn't Guildenstern's day.
(c) That he was becoming tired of playing.
(d) That something was dreadfully wrong.

3. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.
(a) The law of gravity
(b) The law of geometry
(c) The law of the land
(d) The law of probability

4. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?
(a) He wonders if time is actually going backward making his spins go the opposite way.
(b) He wonders if it has stood still and he has actually spun the coin only once.
(c) He wonders if the time of day is affecting the magnetic fields.
(d) He wonders if his timing is all wrong when spinning the coins.

5. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?
(a) The law of gravity
(b) The law of Hammurabi
(c) The law of diminishing returns
(d) The law of relativity

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern do with the coins he takes out of his bag?

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

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

4. What does Guildenstern mean when he says he is afraid, too?

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

(see the answer key)

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