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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?
(a) They got a message to come quickly but it did not tell them where.
(b) Right after breakfast they got a summons for jury duty.
(c) They were awakened at dawn with a message, a summons, and a new record for heads and tails.
(d) they were sleeping and suddenly found themselves on a road they don't know.

3. 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.

4. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) He says that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.
(b) He says there is suspense while the coins are in the air.
(c) He says there are plenty more coins where those came from.
(d) He says he is not really thinking about the game.

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

6. What does Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Hamlet has spoken of them and that she knows how fond of them he is.
(b) Hamlet will talk to them because they are strangers.
(c) They should get Ophelia to help them.
(d) There are two of them and Hamlet is alone.

7. How many times does Rosencrantz say he has won the game?
(a) Fifty six
(b) One hundred
(c) Seventy nine
(d) Eighty five

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

9. What is Rosencrantz's reaction to the way the game keeps going?
(a) He is upset because Guildenstern will run out of coins.
(b) He is a little embarrassed because he keeps winning.
(c) He thinks something is odd about the game.
(d) He laughs and whistles every time he wins a coin.

10. Leaving Claudius and Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are met by which character?
(a) Romeo
(b) Polonius
(c) Ophelia
(d) Hamlet

11. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?
(a) The coins are made of wood.
(b) The coins never leave Guildenstern's hand.
(c) The coins seem to disappear.
(d) The coins all come up heads.

12. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?
(a) The law of gravity
(b) The law of diminishing returns
(c) The law of relativity
(d) The law of Hammurabi

13. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?
(a) Hamlet shouts and runs off stage.
(b) Hamlet asks them what they are doing at court.
(c) Hamlet refers to them as friends and asks how they are.
(d) Hamlet does not recognize them.

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

15. What is Polonius' message for Claudius?
(a) That Hamlet is suicidal
(b) That the ambassadors from Norway have returned
(c) That Ophelia has lost her mind
(d) That the Danish army is revolting

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?

4. Why is the Player so happy to see the two men?

5. How does the dialogue change when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak with Claudius and Gertrude?

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