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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. 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 was.
(c) He says nothing is pure chance.
(d) He says it is in their script.
2. How does the dialogue change when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak with Claudius and Gertrude?
(a) They use Shakespearean English.
(b) They are too stunned to speak.
(c) The speak French.
(d) They speak in riddles.
3. What concession do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make to Claudius and Gertrude?
(a) They will not tell Hamlet what Gertrude said.
(b) They commit to stay and to do whatever they can do to assist.
(c) They will play one game of coins.
(d) They will get the troupe to help them.
4. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?
(a) He asks Guildenstern if he would like the troupe to remove their clothes.
(b) He tells Guildenstern that for a price they will do King Lear in the nude.
(c) He winks at Guildenstern and suggests he would like to participate in something other than fighting.
(d) He confides to Guildenstern that, for a price, he has a bawdy performance of The Rape of the Sabine Women.
5. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?
(a) They laugh and turn to leave.
(b) They spit on the coin.
(c) They beg the Player to take it.
(d) They dive for it.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?
2. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?
3. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?
4. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?
5. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Guildenstern come across as the more intelligent of the two men?
2. What is the Player's misconception about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
3. Trying to make sense of their situation, to what does Guildenstern think back?
4. Why is Guildenstern so repulsed by the Player's immoral suggestions for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
5. How does Guildenstern attempt to change the subject away from the coins?
6. When Rosencrantz collects the coin that was under the Player's foot, why does he tell Guildenstern that he was lucky?
7. How does Guildenstern show that he is still being analytical about their situation?
8. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?
9. What is the feeling the audience gets from the strange coin spinning game Guildenstern and Rosencrantz play?
10. What does Guildenstern's comment that he is afraid today is his day mean?
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