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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?
(a) He tells Guildenstern that for a price they will do King Lear in the nude.
(b) He confides to Guildenstern that, for a price, he has a bawdy performance of The Rape of the Sabine Women.
(c) He asks Guildenstern if he would like the troupe to remove their clothes.
(d) He winks at Guildenstern and suggests he would like to participate in something other than fighting.

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

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

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

8. What does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern he would do if he lost that many times?
(a) Keep playing until he started to win
(b) Quit before he lost everything
(c) Examine the coins
(d) Draw his sword

9. 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.

10. 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 he will soon start winning.
(d) It tells him that no natural laws are at work at the moment.

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

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

13. What strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?
(a) That he remembers when there were no questions.
(b) That questions always lead to more questions.
(c) That questions give him a headache.
(d) That he understands the questions but has no answers.

14. What does Guildenstern mean when he says he is afraid, too?
(a) He is afraid that he has run out of coins.
(b) He is afraid that someone is coming.
(c) He is afraid that the weather is causing the results.
(d) He is afraid that it really is his day.

15. What question does Guildenstern press on Rosencrantz during their discussion of the game?
(a) If he knows any other game they could play
(b) If he wants to spin the coins himself
(c) If he would feel the same having lost that many times
(d) If he wants to spin one last coin double or nothing

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rosencrantz say that Guildenstern must be feeling?

2. What is Polonius' message for Claudius?

3. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?

4. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?

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

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