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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?
(a) Hamlet and Ophelia
(b) Romeo and Juliet
(c) Anthony and Cleopatra
(d) Ariel and Puck

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

3. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?
(a) The coin was almost lost.
(b) The coin was on heads again.
(c) The coin was on tails.
(d) The coin was buried in the sand.

4. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?
(a) Bawdy barroom ballads acted out by the mimes as the musician splay and sing
(b) Rapes are mentioned and he alludes to wives and "ravished virgins" and asks if he is getting warm.
(c) Adam and Eve in the Garden in their original costumes
(d) Great Tragedies and comedies they have performed before kings

5. What event does Guildenstern recall as they talk about questions?
(a) A play he saw about death
(b) A man coming to summon them to court
(c) A time when he had not studied for an examination
(d) A question for which he had no answer

6. When the troupe moves on, why does the Player stand in one place?
(a) He is drunk and cannot walk.
(b) He waits for Guildenstern to give him permission to leave.
(c) His foot is on Guildenstern's coin.
(d) He's waiting for guildenstern to pay him.

7. What does Guildenstern see when he looks at the coin after trying a new method?
(a) Tails
(b) His hand is dirty.
(c) Nothing. The coin has disappeared.
(d) Heads

8. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?
(a) He points out that Guildenstern has done all the spinning.
(b) He offers to give back all the coins.
(c) He suggests that guildenstern is trying to lose.
(d) He declares that he always has good luck at gambling.

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

10. After everyone else has left the stage, how does the speech of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern change?
(a) They revert to common language.
(b) They speak in riddles.
(c) They stop speaking French.
(d) They sound terrified.

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

12. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?
(a) He reminds the Player that he had offered audience participation.
(b) He says he tripped on a rock in the road.
(c) He pretends to black out.
(d) He says he was merely testing the Player's reflexes.

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 would feel the same having lost that many times
(d) If he wants to spin the coins himself

14. How does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?
(a) He does not think about it.
(b) He sees it as odd, perhaps an omen.
(c) He thinks he must continue to entertain Rosencrantz.
(d) He think Rosencrantz is cheating, but he cannot prove it.

15. 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 that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.
(c) He says he is not really thinking about the game.
(d) He says there is suspense while the coins are in the air.

Short Answer Questions

1. What indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?

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

3. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?

4. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?

5. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?

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