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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 does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) To try to figure out what is bothering Hamlet
(b) To play a game of coins
(c) To sing and dance
(d) To explain why they are there

2. What event does Guildenstern recall as they talk about questions?
(a) A question for which he had no answer
(b) A time when he had not studied for an examination
(c) A man coming to summon them to court
(d) A play he saw about death

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

4. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?
(a) The law of diminishing returns
(b) The law of Hammurabi
(c) The law of relativity
(d) The law of gravity

5. After trying again and again, what is the score of the game?
(a) 85 to 6
(b) 121 to 0
(c) 89 to 0
(d) 100 to 0

Short Answer Questions

1. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?

2. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?

3. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?

4. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

5. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

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

5. How does Guildenstern test the oddity of the coin game?

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

7. How does the subject of fear affect both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

8. What does Guildenstern say that emphasizes their helplessness in a situation they do not understand?

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

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

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