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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 Alfred's reply when Guildenstern asks if he likes being an actor?
(a) He says he never really thought about it.
(b) He says he does not.
(c) He says he always wanted to be an actor.
(d) He says it's an easy way to earn a living.

2. What new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?
(a) That the coins are heavier on one side than the other.
(b) That he is somehow willing for Rosencrantz to win.
(c) That his arm has grown too tired to toss properly.
(d) That he needs to learn how to toss coins.

3. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?
(a) It assures him that the law of self interest is still working.
(b) It tells him that no natural laws are at work at the moment.
(c) It tells him that he will soon start winning.
(d) It tells him that Rosencrantz is hiding a secret.

4. What does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern he would do if he lost that many times?
(a) Examine the coins
(b) Draw his sword
(c) Keep playing until he started to win
(d) Quit before he lost everything

5. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?
(a) That he never knew the answers.
(b) That questions never bothered him then.
(c) That there were answers for everything.
(d) That only simple questions were asked.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

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

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

4. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the dialogue that shows the confusion of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at this point.

2. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Guildenstern come across as the more intelligent of the two men?

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

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