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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?
(a) They dive for it.
(b) They spit on the coin.
(c) They laugh and turn to leave.
(d) They beg the Player to take it.

2. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?
(a) He suggests that guildenstern is trying to lose.
(b) He offers to give back all the coins.
(c) He declares that he always has good luck at gambling.
(d) He points out that Guildenstern has done all the spinning.

3. What is Guildenstern's observation about their strange situation?
(a) That Claudius will explain everyting to them.
(b) That they are fortunate that they are presented with alternatives.
(c) That it is probably all a dream.
(d) That it will soon be over and they can go home.

4. What question does Guildenstern press on Rosencrantz during their discussion of the game?
(a) If he wants to spin the coins himself
(b) If he wants to spin one last coin double or nothing
(c) If he knows any other game they could play
(d) If he would feel the same having lost that many times

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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 looks at it and declares it heads.
(c) The Player challenges to throw more coins.
(d) The Player spits on the coin.

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

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

12. What question does Guildenstern put to Rosencrantz about language?
(a) If he sometimes forgets what he wanted to say.
(b) If ordinary words often sound strange to him.
(c) If he feels more comfortable speaking French.
(d) If he knows the word for housewife in Danish.

13. 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 someone is coming.
(c) He is afraid that the weather is causing the results.
(d) He is afraid that it really is his day.

14. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) He says that they should have seen his troupe in better times.
(b) He says that he had only been joking with them just for the fun of it.
(c) He says that he was desparate to make money so they could eat.
(d) He says that he had mistaken them for bawdy actors.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?

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

3. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?

4. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?

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

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