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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 question does Guildenstern put to Rosencrantz about language?
(a) If he feels more comfortable speaking French.
(b) If he knows the word for housewife in Danish.
(c) If ordinary words often sound strange to him.
(d) If he sometimes forgets what he wanted to say.

2. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?
(a) They get ten points for each unanswerable question.
(b) Rosencrantz uses tennis term to keep score, but nothing makes sense.
(c) Rosencrantz gives guildenstern a coin for each correct answer.
(d) They make tally marks on the ground.

3. What type of play does the Player mention that comes at another cost?
(a) Plays where the audience participates
(b) Plays that have never been performed before
(c) Plays that last over three hours
(d) Plays from classical Greek drama

4. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?
(a) That it is a lucky thing they came along.
(b) They he is surprised to find gentlemen there.
(c) That there are highwaymen about.
(d) That there is strength in numbers.

5. What is Rosencrantz's observation about Hamlet?
(a) That Hamlet is suffering from amnesia.
(b) That hamlet is just play acting.
(c) That the problem is more than Hamlet's father's death.
(d) That Hamlet just like to be the center of attention.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern identified in Stoppard's script?

2. Leaving Claudius and Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are met by which character?

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

4. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?

5. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rather unusual encounter do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern then have in the undisclosed location?

2. What is Guildenstern's rationale for not catching Hamlet?

3. Trying to make sense of their situation, to what does Guildenstern think back?

4. How does the audience realize that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are really dead?

5. What transpires when Rosencrantz brings up the subject of death?

6. When Rosencrantz collects the coin that was under the Player's foot, why does he tell Guildenstern that he was lucky?

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

8. Throughout the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern never leave the stage. What stops them from following the Queen's attendants to go find Hamlet?

9. What does Guildenstern's comment that he is afraid today is his day mean?

10. How does Guildenstern come across as the more intelligent of the two men?

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