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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Guildenstern continue doing with the coin tosses?
(a) Saying a prayer before tossing them
(b) Trying different ways of tossing them
(c) Using only the heaviest coins
(d) Biting them before tossing them

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

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

4. If they discover what is troubling Hamlet, what does Rosencrantz want to know?
(a) Will they be free to go home?
(b) Will they have to do something else?
(c) Will they tell anyone?
(d) Will they get a large reward?

5. What is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.
(a) About unicorns
(b) About the fife and drum
(c) About calssical music
(d) About things that go bump in the night

6. 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 the only beginnings and endings are birth and death.
(d) That Hamlet will confide in them.

7. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?
(a) It tells him that Rosencrantz is hiding a secret.
(b) It assures him that the law of self interest is still working.
(c) It tells him that no natural laws are at work at the moment.
(d) It tells him that he will soon start winning.

8. When Guildenstern insists their meeting must have been chance, how does the Player reply?
(a) There is no chance of chance.
(b) It was written into a script.
(c) It might have been fate.
(d) Stranger things have happened.

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

10. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?
(a) He asks what a precedent is.
(b) He runs for his costume.
(c) He starts dancing around.
(d) He begins to cry.

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

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

13. 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) Ophelia is shouting at Hamlet.
(d) Hamlet is laughing and Ophelia is shocked.

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

15. What is Guildenstern's observation about their strange situation?
(a) That Claudius will explain everyting to them.
(b) That they are fortunate that they are presented with alternatives.
(c) That it is probably all a dream.
(d) That it will soon be over and they can go home.

Short Answer Questions

1. After everyone else has left the stage, how does the speech of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern change?

2. What are the instruments the musicians play?

3. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?

4. What assumption does the Player make about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

5. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?

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