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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?
(a) He keeps watching Rosencrantz to see if he cheats.
(b) He examines the coins to see if they are double headed.
(c) He questions whether it is luck or lack of faith.
(d) He wonders whether it is natural or supernatural.

2. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?
(a) Rosencrantz asks for how long.
(b) Rosencrantz says that is easy for him to say.
(c) Rosencrantz says he has gotten them into a fine mess.
(d) Rosencrantz asks how he knows that.

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

4. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?
(a) He begins to cry.
(b) He asks what a precedent is.
(c) He starts dancing around.
(d) He runs for his costume.

5. What does Guildenstern suggest they do with Hamlet?
(a) That they should threaten Hamlet.
(b) That they should kidnap him.
(c) That they should move Hamlet toward pleasurable things
(d) That they should blackmail Hamlet.

6. 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 they must be dreaming.
(c) That it just wasn't Guildenstern's day.
(d) That he was becoming tired of playing.

7. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?
(a) He talks down to the Player as though he were a Lord.
(b) He confuses their names, calling himself Guildenstern.
(c) He fails to mention their names.
(d) He cannot recall Guildenstern's name.

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

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

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

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

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

13. Where does Rosencrantz want to go?
(a) He wants to go to Denmark.
(b) He wants to go to church.
(c) He wants to go to Spain.
(d) He wants to go home.

14. What does Guildenstern continue doing with the coin tosses?
(a) Trying different ways of tossing them
(b) Using only the heaviest coins
(c) Biting them before tossing them
(d) Saying a prayer before tossing them

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks if the troupe found them by chance?

3. Who enters after Hamlet and Ophelia exit the stage?

4. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?

5. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?

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