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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) Guildenstern thinks they are in a jail but he cannot see.
(c) Guildenstern asks if he is there and Rosencrantz asks where.
(d) Rosencrantz thinks they are in a hospital.
2. How does Stoppard dramatize the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Having them walk out of the single spotlight on them.
(b) Having them hang from a mast.
(c) Having them climb back into the barrels.
(d) Having them drink poison and fall to the deck.
3. What two different meanings do they seem to apply to the word madness?
(a) Either jealousy or revenge
(b) Either hate or love
(c) Either fear or excitement
(d) Either insanity or anger
4. Who do the two dead spies on stage turn out to be?
(a) Hamlet and Ophelia
(b) Alfred and the Player
(c) Claudius and Gertrude
(d) Guildenstern and Rosencrantz
5. In their conversation, what does the audience gather about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) That they are too educated to understand simple minded people
(b) That they never argue bacause they both see things the same way
(c) That they are the butt of a complicated joke
(d) That it clear they never quite know where they are or what is going on
6. What happens when Rosencrantz kicks one of the large barrels?
(a) It tips over.
(b) The music stops.
(c) The lid pops open.
(d) It yells at him.
7. When Hamlet says he will be with them shortly, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do?
(a) Wait for him
(b) Say they will stay by his side
(c) Run off
(d) Laugh because they don't believe him
8. What do Hamlet, the Player, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern do when pirates attack?
(a) Call for the soldier and the captain
(b) Jump overboard
(c) Leap into the barrels
(d) Beg for mercy
9. What does Guildenstern explain to Rosencrantz about Hamlet's whereabouts?
(a) That he has gone into hiding.
(b) That he has escaped to Norway.
(c) That he is being taken to England by a soldier.
(d) That he is being interrogated by the King.
10. What happens when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make a snare for Hamlet out of their belts?
(a) Guildenstern's belt breaks.
(b) The belts are not long enough.
(c) Hamlet sees them and runs away.
(d) Rosencrantz's pants fall down around his ankles.
11. When they meet the King of England, what troubles Rosencrantz?
(a) Rosencrantz is nervous about what they will say.
(b) Rosencrantz thinks their clothes are not good enough.
(c) Rosencrantz does not know how to speak English.
(d) Roesncrantz fears they might be in trouble.
12. How does Hamlet slip away from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) When the lights go out, Hamlet disappears.
(b) When they turn to see Claudius, he slips away quietly.
(c) When they bow low, he walks away and they do not see him.
(d) When the troupe comes between them, Hamlet runs.
13. What is Guildenstern's ominous prediction?
(a) Guildenstern says they will come to no good end.
(b) Guildenstern suggests they are in a madhouse.
(c) Guildenstern remarks that they are on trial.
(d) Guildenstern comments that they are on a path, to which they are condemned.
14. What morbid questions does Rosencrantz ask Guildenstern about death?
(a) Do you think death could possibly be a boat?
(b) Do you think death hurts a lot?
(c) Do you think death awaits us in England?
(d) Do you think the ship will sink?
15. To shouts of "The King rises...Give o'er the play!" and cries for Lights, lights, lights!" how do the lights come up?
(a) As late afternoon
(b) As twinkling candles
(c) As moonlight
(d) As sunrise
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks why they would want to leave?
2. Talking about acting on assumptions, what does the Player ask the two men?
3. What is seen in their failure to trap Hamlet with their belts?
4. Why does Rosencrantz think he can leave?
5. What mime does Rosencrantz perform during the discussion of death?
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