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

2. What question does Guildenstern press on Rosencrantz during their discussion of the game?
(a) If he knows any other game they could play
(b) If he would feel the same having lost that many times
(c) If he wants to spin the coins himself
(d) If he wants to spin one last coin double or nothing

3. What is Polonius' message for Claudius?
(a) That the Danish army is revolting
(b) That Hamlet is suicidal
(c) That Ophelia has lost her mind
(d) That the ambassadors from Norway have returned

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

5. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?
(a) That they will make a lot of money this time.
(b) That the only beginnings and endings are birth and death.
(c) That Hamlet will confide in them.
(d) That they will be at home by nightfall.

Short Answer Questions

1. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?

2. What indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?

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

4. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

5. When the troupe runs out of money, what do they offer Guildenstern?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What things are troubling Rosencrantz as he and Guildenstern are once again left alone on the stage?

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

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

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

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

9. Why do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak differently to Claudius and Gertrude?

10. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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