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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is Alfred's reply when Guildenstern asks if he likes being an actor?
(a) He says he always wanted to be an actor.
(b) He says he never really thought about it.
(c) He says it's an easy way to earn a living.
(d) He says he does not.

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

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

6. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) To try to figure out what is bothering Hamlet
(b) To play a game of coins
(c) To explain why they are there
(d) To sing and dance

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

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

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

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

11. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.
(a) The law of geometry
(b) The law of probability
(c) The law of the land
(d) The law of gravity

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?

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