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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 Polonius' message for Claudius?
(a) That the Danish army is revolting
(b) That Hamlet is suicidal
(c) That the ambassadors from Norway have returned
(d) That Ophelia has lost her mind

2. What are Guildenstern's suggestions for him and Rosencrantz in this strange situation?
(a) Be inquisitive and ask a lot of questions.
(b) Be confident, get the answers, and go home.
(c) Be irate and demand to go home.
(d) Be alert, tread carefully, and follow instructions.

3. What type of performance does the Player say they can put on for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Tragedy to include deaths, disclosures, unexpected turns of events, and even transvestite melodrama
(b) Comedies that will give them stitches in their sides
(c) Mimes and dance accompanied by their musicians
(d) Only a few plays that they have memorized

4. What question does Guildenstern put to Rosencrantz about language?
(a) If he sometimes forgets what he wanted to say.
(b) If ordinary words often sound strange to him.
(c) If he feels more comfortable speaking French.
(d) If he knows the word for housewife in Danish.

5. What does Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) They should get Ophelia to help them.
(b) Hamlet has spoken of them and that she knows how fond of them he is.
(c) There are two of them and Hamlet is alone.
(d) Hamlet will talk to them because they are strangers.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?

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

4. When the time theory is disproved, what does Guildenstern think of next?

5. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Player's misconception about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

2. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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