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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?
(a) Bawdy barroom ballads acted out by the mimes as the musician splay and sing
(b) Rapes are mentioned and he alludes to wives and "ravished virgins" and asks if he is getting warm.
(c) Adam and Eve in the Garden in their original costumes
(d) Great Tragedies and comedies they have performed before kings

3. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?
(a) By two donkeys
(b) By two of the actors
(c) By two white horses
(d) By the two musicians

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

5. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?
(a) It tells him that no natural laws are at work at the moment.
(b) It assures him that the law of self interest is still working.
(c) It tells him that he will soon start winning.
(d) It tells him that Rosencrantz is hiding a secret.

Short Answer Questions

1. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.

2. What is the source of the sounds Rosencrantz had heard?

3. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?

4. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?

5. What strange comparison does Guildenstern make to the coins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?

2. How does Guildenstern attempt to change the subject away from the coins?

3. How does Guildenstern show that he is still being analytical about their situation?

4. How does the audience understand that Rosencrantz is quite naive?

5. Guildenstern asks Rosencrantz if he appears to be contradicting himself. What is Rosencrantz's odd reply?

6. What is the feeling the audience gets from the strange coin spinning game Guildenstern and Rosencrantz play?

7. Why are Guildenstern and Rosencrantz on this road and what has Guildenstern been expecting?

8. What is the Player's misconception about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

9. What appears to be the relationship between the two men?

10. What comic relief does the dialogue about home provide for the play?

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