Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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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. What is Polonius' message for Claudius?
(a) That Ophelia has lost her mind
(b) That the Danish army is revolting
(c) That Hamlet is suicidal
(d) That the ambassadors from Norway have returned

2. What is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks if he contradicts himself?
(a) Rosencrantz asks what they have to go on.
(b) Rosencrantz pretends he doesn't hear Guildenstern.
(c) Rosencrantz asks if he is talking to him.
(d) Rosencrantz assures him he is not.

3. 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 he is somehow willing for Rosencrantz to win.
(c) That he needs to learn how to toss coins.
(d) That the coins are heavier on one side than the other.

4. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) He says that he was desparate to make money so they could eat.
(b) He says that they should have seen his troupe in better times.
(c) He says that he had mistaken them for bawdy actors.
(d) He says that he had only been joking with them just for the fun of it.

5. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) He says there are plenty more coins where those came from.
(b) He says there is suspense while the coins are in the air.
(c) He says that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.
(d) He says he is not really thinking about the game.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?

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

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

4. How does Gertrude respond when she hears Guildenstern's prayer?

5. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks if the troupe found them by chance?

(see the answer key)

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