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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does the audience know that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern still do not know where they are?
(a) Rosencrantz asks if they are in China.
(b) Rosencrantz thinks they are in a hospital.
(c) Guildenstern asks if he is there and Rosencrantz asks where.
(d) Guildenstern thinks they are in a jail but he cannot see.
2. What surprise does Rosencrantz get when he thinks he's playing with the Queen?
(a) It is Hamlet in a dress.
(b) It is Ophelia.
(c) It is a maid.
(d) It is the boy, Alfred.
3. What does Claudius tell Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) That Gertrude is looking for them
(b) That Ophelia has gone to a nunnery
(c) That Hamlet has killed Polonius
(d) That the show is about to start
4. How does Stoppard dramatize the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Having them climb back into the barrels.
(b) Having them drink poison and fall to the deck.
(c) Having them hang from a mast.
(d) Having them walk out of the single spotlight on them.
5. What does Hamlet do with the letter he takes from Guildenstern?
(a) He burns it with flame from the lantern.
(b) He wads it up and tosses it into the sea.
(c) He tears it into a thousand pieces.
(d) He goes behind the umbrella and reads it.
6. What is Guildenstern's ominous prediction?
(a) Guildenstern comments that they are on a path, to which they are condemned.
(b) Guildenstern suggests they are in a madhouse.
(c) Guildenstern remarks that they are on trial.
(d) Guildenstern says they will come to no good end.
7. In what kind of death does the Player say people only believe?
(a) Death at sea
(b) Death of an actor
(c) Their own death
(d) Death on a stage
8. What happens when Rosencrantz kicks one of the large barrels?
(a) The lid pops open.
(b) It tips over.
(c) It yells at him.
(d) The music stops.
9. What amusing thing happens with the barrels?
(a) The barrels roll over and into the audience.
(b) The barrels break open and spills everyone onot the deck.
(c) People pop out of different barrels than the ones they entered.
(d) The pirates get into the barrels and the troupe nails them inside.
10. What does Guildenstern explain to Rosencrantz about Hamlet's whereabouts?
(a) That he has gone into hiding.
(b) That he is being taken to England by a soldier.
(c) That he is being interrogated by the King.
(d) That he has escaped to Norway.
11. What props are on the stage as the lights finally come up on Act III?
(a) Three unbrellas and a large box
(b) Three coffins and a deck chair
(c) Three masts and a coiled rope
(d) Three large casks and an umbrella
12. What is Guildenstern's reply when Rosencrantz says they have nothing to do?
(a) Guildenstern says someone will come tell them what to do.
(b) Guildenstern reminds him that they are taking Hamlet to England.
(c) Guildenstern suggests they write letters.
(d) Guildenstern says they can put on a play.
13. What does Rosencrantz tell the Player about Hamlet?
(a) That he is not acting like himself.
(b) That he won't talk to them.
(c) That he keeps changing the subject.
(d) That he may be an imposter.
14. What happens to the troupe still dressed in their costumes?
(a) They drag Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to center stage.
(b) They all die in different ways.
(c) They join the audience.
(d) They walk off the stage.
15. What is the new game Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play with a coin?
(a) Guessing which hand the coin is in
(b) Tossing the coin back and forth between them
(c) Balancing the coin on their noses
(d) Seeing if they can make the coin stand on edge
Short Answer Questions
1. When they meet the King of England, what troubles Rosencrantz?
2. As they are discussing the letter, who emerges from behind the umbrellas and walks toward the lantern?
3. Who are in the barrels?
4. What play does Hamlet ask the Player if his troupe can perform?
5. Talking about acting on assumptions, what does the Player ask the two men?
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