Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1, p. 34-53.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?
(a) It tells him that he will soon start winning.
(b) It assures him that the law of self interest is still working.
(c) It tells him that Rosencrantz is hiding a secret.
(d) It tells him that no natural laws are at work at the moment.

2. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?
(a) The Player challenges to throw more coins.
(b) The Player looks at it and declares it heads.
(c) The Player falls to his knees scrambling for the coin.
(d) The Player spits on the coin.

3. How does Gertrude respond when she hears Guildenstern's prayer?
(a) She says, "Praise the Lord."
(b) She says, "Amen."
(c) She says, "You need more than prayer."
(d) She says, "Thy will be done."

4. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?
(a) The coin was buried in the sand.
(b) The coin was on tails.
(c) The coin was almost lost.
(d) The coin was on heads again.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rosencrantz's observation about Hamlet?

2. What concession do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make to Claudius and Gertrude?

3. After everyone else has left the stage, how does the speech of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern change?

4. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?

5. What does Guildenstern see when he looks at the coin after trying a new method?

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