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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 troupe's cart being pulled?
(a) By the two musicians
(b) By two of the actors
(c) By two white horses
(d) By two donkeys

2. 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 not tell Hamlet what Gertrude said.
(d) They will get the troupe to help them.

3. What indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?
(a) He asks if anything he says makes sense in his conversation.
(b) He keeps repeating himself in his conversation.
(c) He forgets what he is saying in his conversation.
(d) He asks if he is contradicting himself in his conversation.

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

5. What is the leader of the traveling group called?
(a) Procurius
(b) partner
(c) Player
(d) Paladin

Short Answer Questions

1. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?

2. What are the instruments the musicians play?

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

4. If they discover what is troubling Hamlet, what does Rosencrantz want to know?

5. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

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

6. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

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

10. How does Gertrude reinforce the idea that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet's?

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