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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?
(a) The coins never leave Guildenstern's hand.
(b) The coins all come up heads.
(c) The coins are made of wood.
(d) The coins seem to disappear.

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

3. When Guildenstern insists their meeting must have been chance, how does the Player reply?
(a) It might have been fate.
(b) Stranger things have happened.
(c) There is no chance of chance.
(d) It was written into a script.

4. What does Guildenstern mean when he says he is afraid, too?
(a) He is afraid that he has run out of coins.
(b) He is afraid that the weather is causing the results.
(c) He is afraid that it really is his day.
(d) He is afraid that someone is coming.

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

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

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

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

9. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?
(a) He wonders if his timing is all wrong when spinning the coins.
(b) He wonders if it has stood still and he has actually spun the coin only once.
(c) He wonders if the time of day is affecting the magnetic fields.
(d) He wonders if time is actually going backward making his spins go the opposite way.

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

11. 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.

12. What does Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) There are two of them and Hamlet is alone.
(b) Hamlet has spoken of them and that she knows how fond of them he is.
(c) Hamlet will talk to them because they are strangers.
(d) They should get Ophelia to help them.

13. 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.

14. 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 was.
(c) He says nothing is pure chance.
(d) He says it is in their script.

15. What is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.
(a) About the fife and drum
(b) About calssical music
(c) About unicorns
(d) About things that go bump in the night

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the player tell Guildenstern they are more about?

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

3. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?

4. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?

5. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?

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