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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?
(a) Bawdy barroom ballads acted out by the mimes as the musician splay and sing
(b) Great Tragedies and comedies they have performed before kings
(c) Adam and Eve in the Garden in their original costumes
(d) Rapes are mentioned and he alludes to wives and "ravished virgins" and asks if he is getting warm.

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 put on a show because they were forgetting their lines
(c) To sell them the musical instruments
(d) To borrow their cloaks for a show

3. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?
(a) That there were answers for everything.
(b) That questions never bothered him then.
(c) That only simple questions were asked.
(d) That he never knew the answers.

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

5. When the troupe runs out of money, what do they offer Guildenstern?
(a) Bread
(b) Alfred
(c) Musical instruments
(d) A show

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

7. 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 mistaken them for bawdy actors.
(c) He says that he had only been joking with them just for the fun of it.
(d) He says that they should have seen his troupe in better times.

8. What are the instruments the musicians play?
(a) Bagpipe, horn, and cymbals
(b) Drum, flute, and horn
(c) Trumpet, drum, and harp
(d) Horn, flute, and harpsichord

9. 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 runs away.
(c) The Player offers to put on a free show for them.
(d) The Player doubts his word.

10. 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 he needs to learn how to toss coins.
(c) That his arm has grown too tired to toss properly.
(d) That he is somehow willing for Rosencrantz to win.

11. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?
(a) Whether they should be worn long or short
(b) Whether they are like toenails
(c) Whether they grow before birth and after death
(d) Whether they grow at the same rate

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

13. What type of performance does the Player say they can put on for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Mimes and dance accompanied by their musicians
(b) Only a few plays that they have memorized
(c) Comedies that will give them stitches in their sides
(d) Tragedy to include deaths, disclosures, unexpected turns of events, and even transvestite melodrama

14. What is Rosencrantz's observation about Hamlet?
(a) That the problem is more than Hamlet's father's death.
(b) That Hamlet is suffering from amnesia.
(c) That hamlet is just play acting.
(d) That Hamlet just like to be the center of attention.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?

2. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?

3. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?

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

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

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