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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What assumption does the Player make about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) The Player states that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are surely fellow artists.
(b) The player says that they are Lords and he recognizes them.
(c) The Player says that they are runaway criminals and he has seen their pictures.
(d) The Player says that they are notable patrons of the arts.

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

3. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?
(a) The Player looks at it and declares it heads.
(b) The Player spits on the coin.
(c) The Player falls to his knees scrambling for the coin.
(d) The Player challenges to throw more coins.

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. 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 the time of day is affecting the magnetic fields.
(c) He wonders if his timing is all wrong when spinning the coins.
(d) He wonders if time is actually going backward making his spins go the opposite way.

9. What type of play does the Player mention that comes at another cost?
(a) Plays that have never been performed before
(b) Plays where the audience participates
(c) Plays that last over three hours
(d) Plays from classical Greek drama

10. 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.

11. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?
(a) He starts dancing around.
(b) He runs for his costume.
(c) He asks what a precedent is.
(d) He begins to cry.

12. What is the leader of the traveling group called?
(a) Procurius
(b) Player
(c) Paladin
(d) partner

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?

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

3. What question does Guildenstern put to Rosencrantz about language?

4. What is Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?

5. What is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks if he contradicts himself?

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