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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 blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?
(a) He talks down to the Player as though he were a Lord.
(b) He fails to mention their names.
(c) He confuses their names, calling himself Guildenstern.
(d) He cannot recall Guildenstern's name.

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 doubts his word.
(b) The Player falls at his feet.
(c) The Player runs away.
(d) The Player offers to put on a free show for them.

3. What are the instruments the musicians play?
(a) Trumpet, drum, and harp
(b) Drum, flute, and horn
(c) Bagpipe, horn, and cymbals
(d) Horn, flute, and harpsichord

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?

2. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?

3. What is Alfred's reply when Guildenstern asks if he likes being an actor?

4. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?

5. Leaving Claudius and Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are met by which character?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak differently to Claudius and Gertrude?

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

3. How does the subject of fear affect both 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. How does Gertrude reinforce the idea that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet's?

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

8. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

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