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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?
(a) The coins never leave Guildenstern's hand.
(b) The coins all come up heads.
(c) The coins seem to disappear.
(d) The coins are made of wood.

3. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?
(a) He asks Guildenstern what just happened.
(b) He asks which way they entered the room.
(c) He asks Guildenstern what his name is.
(d) He cannot remember the coin game

4. 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) Great Tragedies and comedies they have performed before kings
(c) Bawdy barroom ballads acted out by the mimes as the musician splay and sing
(d) Rapes are mentioned and he alludes to wives and "ravished virgins" and asks if he is getting warm.

5. What question does Guildenstern press on Rosencrantz during their discussion of the game?
(a) If he wants to spin one last coin double or nothing
(b) If he wants to spin the coins himself
(c) If he knows any other game they could play
(d) If he would feel the same having lost that many times

6. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?
(a) By the two musicians
(b) By two donkeys
(c) By two of the actors
(d) By two white horses

7. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) To play a game of coins
(b) To explain why they are there
(c) To sing and dance
(d) To try to figure out what is bothering Hamlet

8. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?
(a) That they will make a lot of money this time.
(b) That Hamlet will confide in them.
(c) That they will be at home by nightfall.
(d) That the only beginnings and endings are birth and death.

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

10. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?
(a) He tells Guildenstern that for a price they will do King Lear in the nude.
(b) He winks at Guildenstern and suggests he would like to participate in something other than fighting.
(c) He asks Guildenstern if he would like the troupe to remove their clothes.
(d) He confides to Guildenstern that, for a price, he has a bawdy performance of The Rape of the Sabine Women.

11. What is the leader of the traveling group called?
(a) partner
(b) Procurius
(c) Player
(d) Paladin

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

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

14. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?
(a) They spit on the coin.
(b) They laugh and turn to leave.
(c) They beg the Player to take it.
(d) They dive for it.

15. What does Rosencrantz remember about Hamlet?
(a) That he has changed.
(b) That he had red hair.
(c) That he seldom spoke.
(d) Thet he has lost weight.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much does the Player say it will cost for them to perform a gory romance?

2. What strange comparison does Guildenstern make to the coins?

3. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?

4. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?

5. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?

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