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

2. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?
(a) they were sleeping and suddenly found themselves on a road they don't know.
(b) They got a message to come quickly but it did not tell them where.
(c) Right after breakfast they got a summons for jury duty.
(d) They were awakened at dawn with a message, a summons, and a new record for heads and tails.

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

4. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) He says that he doesn't mind losing because Rosencrantz is his friend.
(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 there is suspense while the coins are in the air.

5. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?
(a) He points out that Guildenstern has done all the spinning.
(b) He offers to give back all the coins.
(c) He declares that he always has good luck at gambling.
(d) He suggests that guildenstern is trying to lose.

Short Answer Questions

1. What strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?

2. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?

3. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks if the troupe found them by chance?

4. What does Guildenstern want to know if the troupe knows?

5. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?

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

3. What does Guildenstern's comment that he is afraid today is his day mean?

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

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

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

7. What does Guildenstern say that emphasizes their helplessness in a situation they do not understand?

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

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

10. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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