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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. 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.

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

3. How does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?
(a) He does not think about it.
(b) He think Rosencrantz is cheating, but he cannot prove it.
(c) He sees it as odd, perhaps an omen.
(d) He thinks he must continue to entertain Rosencrantz.

4. How much does the Player say it will cost for them to perform a gory romance?
(a) A handful of coins
(b) A single coin
(c) A coin for each actor
(d) A small bag of coins

5. What is Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?
(a) He is apologetic for winning all of Guildenstern's money.
(b) He is confident that everything will now turn out all right.
(c) He understands everything that is happening around him.
(d) Rosencrantz continues to feel stressed and seems to feel a death is coming.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?

2. What does the player tell Guildenstern they are more about?

3. What does Guildenstern mean when he says he is afraid, too?

4. What is Rosencrantz's reaction to the way the game keeps going?

5. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks if the troupe found them by chance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the audience understand that Rosencrantz is quite naive?

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

4. What is Claudius' request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

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

7. How does Guildenstern continue trying to analyze the situation?

8. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?

9. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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