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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) He says there is suspense while the coins are in the air.
(b) He says that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.
(c) He says there are plenty more coins where those came from.
(d) He says he is not really thinking about the game.

2. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?
(a) Great Tragedies and comedies they have performed before kings
(b) Bawdy barroom ballads acted out by the mimes as the musician splay and sing
(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.

3. 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 understands everything that is happening around him.
(c) He is confident that everything will now turn out all right.
(d) Rosencrantz continues to feel stressed and seems to feel a death is coming.

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

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

6. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?
(a) He tosses it much farther away.
(b) He rubs the coin on his shirt before tossing it.
(c) He tosses two coins at once.
(d) He lets it land in his other hand.

7. After everyone else has left the stage, how does the speech of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern change?
(a) They sound terrified.
(b) They stop speaking French.
(c) They revert to common language.
(d) They speak in riddles.

8. What is Rosencrantz's reaction to the way the game keeps going?
(a) He laughs and whistles every time he wins a coin.
(b) He is upset because Guildenstern will run out of coins.
(c) He thinks something is odd about the game.
(d) He is a little embarrassed because he keeps winning.

9. What does Rosencrantz remember about Hamlet?
(a) Thet he has lost weight.
(b) That he seldom spoke.
(c) That he had red hair.
(d) That he has changed.

10. How many times does Rosencrantz say he has won the game?
(a) Eighty five
(b) Seventy nine
(c) One hundred
(d) Fifty six

11. 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.

12. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?
(a) The law of relativity
(b) The law of gravity
(c) The law of diminishing returns
(d) The law of Hammurabi

13. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?
(a) they were sleeping and suddenly found themselves on a road they don't know.
(b) Right after breakfast they got a summons for jury duty.
(c) They got a message to come quickly but it did not tell them where.
(d) They were awakened at dawn with a message, a summons, and a new record for heads and tails.

14. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?
(a) He calls the Player a pimp and orders him to leave with his troupe.
(b) He says he was prepared for any kind of messenger, but instead he is approached by prostitutes.
(c) He draws his sword and tells the Player if he suggests that again, he will kill him.
(d) He laughs in the Player's face and calls him stupid.

15. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?
(a) That something was dreadfully wrong.
(b) That he was becoming tired of playing.
(c) That it just wasn't Guildenstern's day.
(d) That they must be dreaming.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern want to know if the troupe knows?

2. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern identified in Stoppard's script?

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

4. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?

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

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