Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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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. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?
(a) He declares that he always has good luck at gambling.
(b) He offers to give back all the coins.
(c) He suggests that guildenstern is trying to lose.
(d) He points out that Guildenstern has done all the spinning.

2. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?
(a) He runs for his costume.
(b) He starts dancing around.
(c) He asks what a precedent is.
(d) He begins to cry.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the troupe moves on, why does the Player stand in one place?

2. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?

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

4. What assumption does the Player make about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

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