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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. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?
(a) It tells him that he will soon start winning.
(b) It assures him that the law of self interest is still working.
(c) It tells him that Rosencrantz is hiding a secret.
(d) It tells him that no natural laws are at work at the moment.

2. What is Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?
(a) He is confident that everything will now turn out all right.
(b) He is apologetic for winning all of Guildenstern's money.
(c) Rosencrantz continues to feel stressed and seems to feel a death is coming.
(d) He understands everything that is happening around him.

3. What does Guildenstern do with the coins he takes out of his bag?
(a) Bites them
(b) Gives them to beggars
(c) Spins them
(d) Buys fruit

4. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.
(a) The law of geometry
(b) The law of probability
(c) The law of the land
(d) The law of gravity

5. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?
(a) Ariel and Puck
(b) Anthony and Cleopatra
(c) Romeo and Juliet
(d) Hamlet and Ophelia

Short Answer Questions

1. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?

2. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?

3. How many times does Rosencrantz say he has won the game?

4. What is the Player's apology to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?

5. What is Polonius' message for Claudius?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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