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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why is the Player so happy to see the two men?
(a) To get them to tell tales they can act on the stage
(b) To borrow their cloaks for a show
(c) To sell them the musical instruments
(d) To put on a show because they were forgetting their lines

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

4. What is the Player's response when Rosencrantz asks if the two of them are enough for an audience?
(a) The Player says it is all right if they pay extra for the show.
(b) The Player says they do not have time to put on a show right then.
(c) The Player says they will have to find more people to attend the show.
(d) He says two is small for an audience but about average for voyeurs.

5. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?
(a) The Player falls at his feet.
(b) The Player doubts his word.
(c) The Player runs away.
(d) The Player offers to put on a free show for them.

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

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

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

9. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?
(a) The coin was on heads again.
(b) The coin was almost lost.
(c) The coin was buried in the sand.
(d) The coin was on tails.

10. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) He says that he was desparate to make money so they could eat.
(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 they should have seen his troupe in better times.

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

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

13. 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 one last coin double or nothing
(c) If he wants to spin the coins himself
(d) If he would feel the same having lost that many times

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?

3. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?

4. Where does Rosencrantz want to go?

5. How does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?

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