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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Guildenstern suggest they do with Hamlet?
(a) That they should threaten Hamlet.
(b) That they should kidnap him.
(c) That they should blackmail Hamlet.
(d) That they should move Hamlet toward pleasurable things

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

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

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

5. What indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?
(a) He asks if he is contradicting himself in his conversation.
(b) He forgets what he is saying in his conversation.
(c) He keeps repeating himself in his conversation.
(d) He asks if anything he says makes sense in his conversation.

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

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

8. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks if the troupe found them by chance?
(a) He says they heard the clinking of his coins.
(b) He says it is in their script.
(c) He says it was.
(d) He says nothing is pure chance.

9. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?
(a) He wonders if it has stood still and he has actually spun the coin only once.
(b) He wonders if his timing is all wrong when spinning the coins.
(c) He wonders if the time of day is affecting the magnetic fields.
(d) He wonders if time is actually going backward making his spins go the opposite way.

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

11. What is Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?
(a) Rosencrantz continues to feel stressed and seems to feel a death is coming.
(b) He is confident that everything will now turn out all right.
(c) He is apologetic for winning all of Guildenstern's money.
(d) He understands everything that is happening around him.

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

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

14. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?
(a) Whether they grow before birth and after death
(b) Whether they should be worn long or short
(c) Whether they are like toenails
(d) Whether they grow at the same rate

15. What question does Guildenstern put to Rosencrantz about language?
(a) If he feels more comfortable speaking French.
(b) If he knows the word for housewife in Danish.
(c) If he sometimes forgets what he wanted to say.
(d) If ordinary words often sound strange to him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of play does the Player mention that comes at another cost?

2. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?

3. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?

4. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

5. How does Gertrude respond when she hears Guildenstern's prayer?

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