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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What strange comparison does Guildenstern make to the coins?
(a) Fish
(b) Apples
(c) Monkeys
(d) Rocks

2. 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 on heads again.
(d) The coin was almost lost.

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

4. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?
(a) He tosses two coins at once.
(b) He lets it land in his other hand.
(c) He rubs the coin on his shirt before tossing it.
(d) He tosses it much farther away.

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

6. What does Guildenstern do with the coins he takes out of his bag?
(a) Gives them to beggars
(b) Bites them
(c) Buys fruit
(d) Spins them

7. Who are the well-dressed Elizabethan gentlemen at the opening of the play?
(a) Claudius and Polonius
(b) Procter and Gamble
(c) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
(d) Hamlet and Horatio

8. What assumption does the Player make about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) The Player says that they are runaway criminals and he has seen their pictures.
(b) The player says that they are Lords and he recognizes them.
(c) The Player states that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are surely fellow artists.
(d) The Player says that they are notable patrons of the arts.

9. What is the Player's response when Rosencrantz asks if the two of them are enough for an audience?
(a) He says two is small for an audience but about average for voyeurs.
(b) The Player says it is all right if they pay extra for the show.
(c) The Player says they do not have time to put on a show right then.
(d) The Player says they will have to find more people to attend the show.

10. What indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?
(a) He asks if he is contradicting himself in his conversation.
(b) He forgets what he is saying in his conversation.
(c) He keeps repeating himself in his conversation.
(d) He asks if anything he says makes sense in his conversation.

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

12. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?
(a) He questions whether it is luck or lack of faith.
(b) He examines the coins to see if they are double headed.
(c) He wonders whether it is natural or supernatural.
(d) He keeps watching Rosencrantz to see if he cheats.

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

14. When the troupe runs out of money, what do they offer Guildenstern?
(a) Musical instruments
(b) Alfred
(c) A show
(d) Bread

15. After trying again and again, what is the score of the game?
(a) 121 to 0
(b) 89 to 0
(c) 85 to 6
(d) 100 to 0

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Rosencrantz remember about Hamlet?

4. What are the instruments the musicians play?

5. What is Rosencrantz's reaction to the way the game keeps going?

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