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

2. What is the Player's response when Rosencrantz asks if the two of them are enough for an audience?
(a) The Player says they do not have time to put on a show right then.
(b) He says two is small for an audience but about average for voyeurs.
(c) The Player says they will have to find more people to attend the show.
(d) The Player says it is all right if they pay extra for the show.

3. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks if the troupe found them by chance?
(a) He says they heard the clinking of his coins.
(b) He says nothing is pure chance.
(c) He says it is in their script.
(d) He says it was.

4. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?
(a) The Player doubts his word.
(b) The Player runs away.
(c) The Player offers to put on a free show for them.
(d) The Player falls at his feet.

5. What does Guildenstern want to know if the troupe knows?
(a) Any plays
(b) Any famous people
(c) Any popular songs
(d) Any playwrights

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?

2. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?

3. What does Guildenstern see when he looks at the coin after trying a new method?

4. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?

5. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the somewhat bizarre entrance of Hamlet and Ophelia.

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

8. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

9. Why is Guildenstern so repulsed by the Player's immoral suggestions for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

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