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

3. What strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?
(a) That he remembers when there were no questions.
(b) That he understands the questions but has no answers.
(c) That questions give him a headache.
(d) That questions always lead to more questions.

4. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) He says there is suspense while the coins are in the air.
(b) He says there are plenty more coins where those came from.
(c) He says he is not really thinking about the game.
(d) He says that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.

5. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?
(a) They get ten points for each unanswerable question.
(b) They make tally marks on the ground.
(c) Rosencrantz gives guildenstern a coin for each correct answer.
(d) Rosencrantz uses tennis term to keep score, but nothing makes sense.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rosencrantz remember about Hamlet?

2. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?

3. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?

4. How does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?

5. Where does Rosencrantz want to go?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Guildenstern test the oddity of the coin game?

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

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

7. What type of show does the Player attempt to offer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

8. How does the subject of fear affect both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

9. How does Guildenstern attempt to change the subject away from the coins?

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

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