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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of play does the Player mention that comes at another cost?
(a) Plays where the audience participates
(b) Plays from classical Greek drama
(c) Plays that last over three hours
(d) Plays that have never been performed before

2. Who enters after Hamlet and Ophelia exit the stage?
(a) Ariel and Puck
(b) The Player and the troupe
(c) Claudius and Gertrude
(d) Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony

3. 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 challenges to throw more coins.
(c) The Player spits on the coin.
(d) The Player looks at it and declares it heads.

4. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?
(a) There are coins scattered all over the stage.
(b) Guildenstern asks Rosencrantz to loan him more coins.
(c) Rosencrantz keeps saying he is tired of playing the game.
(d) Guildenstern's bag is nearly empty while Rosencrantz's bag is full.

5. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?
(a) Hamlet sighs and stares into Ophelia's face.
(b) Ophelia is crying and Hamlet tries to comfort her.
(c) Hamlet is laughing and Ophelia is shocked.
(d) Ophelia is shouting at Hamlet.

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

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

8. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?
(a) That it is a lucky thing they came along.
(b) That there are highwaymen about.
(c) They he is surprised to find gentlemen there.
(d) That there is strength in numbers.

9. What are Guildenstern's suggestions for him and Rosencrantz in this strange situation?
(a) Be inquisitive and ask a lot of questions.
(b) Be confident, get the answers, and go home.
(c) Be alert, tread carefully, and follow instructions.
(d) Be irate and demand to go home.

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

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

12. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?
(a) He talks down to the Player as though he were a Lord.
(b) He cannot recall Guildenstern's name.
(c) He fails to mention their names.
(d) He confuses their names, calling himself Guildenstern.

13. 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 knows any other game they could play
(c) If he wants to spin the coins himself
(d) If he would feel the same having lost that many times

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?

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

3. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?

4. What does Guildenstern want to know if the troupe knows?

5. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?

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