Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2, p. 84-95.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the source of the sounds Rosencrantz had heard?
(a) Six travellers who claim they saw a unicorn
(b) Six milkmaids heading for the market
(c) Six "Tragedians" or traveling actors, musicians, and their leader
(d) Six men on white horses with bells

2. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?
(a) He draws his sword and tells the Player if he suggests that again, he will kill him.
(b) He laughs in the Player's face and calls him stupid.
(c) He says he was prepared for any kind of messenger, but instead he is approached by prostitutes.
(d) He calls the Player a pimp and orders him to leave with his troupe.

3. What does the Player try to explain to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) How he happens to be at court
(b) What his relationship to Hamlet is
(c) How important the audience is to the performance
(d) Why he lied about doing The Murder of Gonzago

4. What indicates that Hamlet is insane?
(a) He is always talking to himself and drags the body of Polonius around.
(b) He believes Ophelia is a nun.
(c) He does not recognize Claudius and Gertrude.
(d) He asks nonsense questions and accepts nonsense answers.

5. What are the lines from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii that Hamlet says as Act Two opens?
(a) S'blood, there is something in this more than natural, if philosophy could find it out.
(b) Out, out, damned spot.
(c) Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well.
(d) The forest is coming to Elsinore.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?

2. Who are the well-dressed Elizabethan gentlemen at the opening of the play?

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

4. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?

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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