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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Guildenstern win money from the Player and the troupe?
(a) He calls all coin tosses as heads.
(b) He bets they cannot guess his birthday.
(c) He plays a shell game.
(d) He calls all coin tosses as tails.

3. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) He says he is not really thinking about the game.
(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 that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.

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

5. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?
(a) They laugh and turn to leave.
(b) They dive for it.
(c) They spit on the coin.
(d) They beg the Player to take it.

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

7. When the time theory is disproved, what does Guildenstern think of next?
(a) Leprechauns
(b) Pixies
(c) Divine intervention
(d) Mental telepathy

8. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?
(a) Rosencrantz uses tennis term to keep score, but nothing makes sense.
(b) Rosencrantz gives guildenstern a coin for each correct answer.
(c) They make tally marks on the ground.
(d) They get ten points for each unanswerable question.

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

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

11. What strange comparison does Guildenstern make to the coins?
(a) Rocks
(b) Apples
(c) Monkeys
(d) Fish

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

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

14. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) He says that they should have seen his troupe in better times.
(b) He says that he had only been joking with them just for the fun of it.
(c) He says that he had mistaken them for bawdy actors.
(d) He says that he was desparate to make money so they could eat.

15. After trying again and again, what is the score of the game?
(a) 89 to 0
(b) 100 to 0
(c) 85 to 6
(d) 121 to 0

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?

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

3. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.

4. What type of performance does the Player say they can put on for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

5. What is the Player's response when Rosencrantz asks if the two of them are enough for an audience?

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