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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. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?
(a) He winks at Guildenstern and suggests he would like to participate in something other than fighting.
(b) He asks Guildenstern if he would like the troupe to remove their clothes.
(c) He tells Guildenstern that for a price they will do King Lear in the nude.
(d) He confides to Guildenstern that, for a price, he has a bawdy performance of The Rape of the Sabine Women.

2. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?
(a) He cannot remember the coin game
(b) He asks Guildenstern what his name is.
(c) He asks which way they entered the room.
(d) He asks Guildenstern what just happened.

3. When the troupe moves on, why does the Player stand in one place?
(a) His foot is on Guildenstern's coin.
(b) He is drunk and cannot walk.
(c) He's waiting for guildenstern to pay him.
(d) He waits for Guildenstern to give him permission to leave.

4. 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, "You need more than prayer."
(d) She says, "Amen."

5. 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 buried in the sand.
(d) The coin was almost lost.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

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

4. Trying to determine what Rosencrantz wants to see, what does the Player mention not too subtly?

5. Guildenstern is aware that the game defies _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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