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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 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 he needs to learn how to toss coins.
(d) That his arm has grown too tired to toss properly.

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

3. How does Gertrude respond when she hears Guildenstern's prayer?
(a) She says, "You need more than prayer."
(b) She says, "Thy will be done."
(c) She says, "Praise the Lord."
(d) She says, "Amen."

4. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?
(a) They dive for it.
(b) They laugh and turn to leave.
(c) They spit on the coin.
(d) They beg the Player to take it.

5. 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 always wanted to be an actor.
(c) He says it's an easy way to earn a living.
(d) He says he does not.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is Rosencrantz's observation about Hamlet?

3. Who enters after Hamlet and Ophelia exit the stage?

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

5. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

7. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

8. Trying to make sense of their situation, to what does Guildenstern think back?

9. Why are Guildenstern and Rosencrantz on this road and what has Guildenstern been expecting?

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

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