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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 Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?
(a) He rubs the coin on his shirt before tossing it.
(b) He tosses two coins at once.
(c) He tosses it much farther away.
(d) He lets it land in his other hand.

2. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?
(a) He says he was merely testing the Player's reflexes.
(b) He reminds the Player that he had offered audience participation.
(c) He says he tripped on a rock in the road.
(d) He pretends to black out.

3. What are Guildenstern's suggestions for him and Rosencrantz in this strange situation?
(a) Be irate and demand to go home.
(b) Be inquisitive and ask a lot of questions.
(c) Be confident, get the answers, and go home.
(d) Be alert, tread carefully, and follow instructions.

4. Who are the well-dressed Elizabethan gentlemen at the opening of the play?
(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
(b) Procter and Gamble
(c) Hamlet and Horatio
(d) Claudius and Polonius

5. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?
(a) He says that he had mistaken them for bawdy actors.
(b) He says that he was desparate to make money so they could eat.
(c) He says that he had only been joking with them just for the fun of it.
(d) He says that they should have seen his troupe in better times.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?

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

3. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?

4. When the troupe moves on, why does the Player stand in one place?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

4. When Hamlet enters in Act 2, what does he say?

5. What leads up to the death scene and how does it play out?

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

7. What happens when the King orders Guildenstern to go and bring Hamlet?

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

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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