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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?
(a) That the coins are heavier on one side than the other.
(b) That his arm has grown too tired to toss properly.
(c) That he needs to learn how to toss coins.
(d) That he is somehow willing for Rosencrantz to win.

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

4. 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 get ten points for each unanswerable question.
(d) They make tally marks on the ground.

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

6. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?
(a) By two white horses
(b) By the two musicians
(c) By two donkeys
(d) By two of the actors

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

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

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

10. 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 nothing is pure chance.
(d) He says it was.

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

12. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?
(a) He wonders whether it is natural or supernatural.
(b) He keeps watching Rosencrantz to see if he cheats.
(c) He questions whether it is luck or lack of faith.
(d) He examines the coins to see if they are double headed.

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

14. What is the source of the sounds Rosencrantz had heard?
(a) Six milkmaids heading for the market
(b) Six men on white horses with bells
(c) Six travellers who claim they saw a unicorn
(d) Six "Tragedians" or traveling actors, musicians, and their leader

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?

2. When Guildenstern insists their meeting must have been chance, how does the Player reply?

3. What concession do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make to Claudius and Gertrude?

4. What is Alfred's reply when Guildenstern asks if he likes being an actor?

5. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?

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