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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?
(a) That something was dreadfully wrong.
(b) That it just wasn't Guildenstern's day.
(c) That he was becoming tired of playing.
(d) That they must be dreaming.

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

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

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

5. 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 states that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are surely fellow artists.
(c) The Player says that they are notable patrons of the arts.
(d) The player says that they are Lords and he recognizes them.

6. What does Rosencrantz say that Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) Weariness
(b) Poorer
(c) Boredom
(d) Anger

7. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?
(a) Rosencrantz asks how he knows that.
(b) Rosencrantz says he has gotten them into a fine mess.
(c) Rosencrantz asks for how long.
(d) Rosencrantz says that is easy for him to say.

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

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

10. How does the dialogue change when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak with Claudius and Gertrude?
(a) They use Shakespearean English.
(b) The speak French.
(c) They speak in riddles.
(d) They are too stunned to speak.

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

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

13. How much does the Player say it will cost for them to perform a gory romance?
(a) A coin for each actor
(b) A single coin
(c) A small bag of coins
(d) A handful of coins

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.

2. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern identified in Stoppard's script?

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

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

5. What is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.

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