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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 assumption does the Player make about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) The Player says that they are notable patrons of the arts.
(b) The player says that they are Lords and he recognizes them.
(c) The Player states that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are surely fellow artists.
(d) The Player says that they are runaway criminals and he has seen their pictures.

2. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?
(a) The coin was buried in the sand.
(b) The coin was almost lost.
(c) The coin was on heads again.
(d) The coin was on tails.

3. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?
(a) He examines the coins to see if they are double headed.
(b) He questions whether it is luck or lack of faith.
(c) He keeps watching Rosencrantz to see if he cheats.
(d) He wonders whether it is natural or supernatural.

4. What concession do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make to Claudius and Gertrude?
(a) They will play one game of coins.
(b) They commit to stay and to do whatever they can do to assist.
(c) They will get the troupe to help them.
(d) They will not tell Hamlet what Gertrude said.

5. What does Guildenstern suggest they do with Hamlet?
(a) That they should move Hamlet toward pleasurable things
(b) That they should blackmail Hamlet.
(c) That they should threaten Hamlet.
(d) That they should kidnap him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?

2. How does Gertrude respond when she hears Guildenstern's prayer?

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

4. What type of play does the Player mention that comes at another cost?

5. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the funny bowing scene with Hamlet and Claudius.

2. What blunder does Rosencrantz make over what he thinks is a woman?

3. What is Rosencrantz's dark question on the subject of death?

4. What clue is there as to Hamlet's mental condition?

5. When the lights finally do come up in Act 3, what does the audience see?

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

7. Tell about the dialogue between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern after Rosencrantz insists they have permission to leave.

8. What is the tragic news Claudius bears when he and Gertrude enter to find Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

9. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

10. What is the lie Rosencrantz tells Claudius?

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