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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 indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?
(a) He keeps repeating himself in his conversation.
(b) He asks if anything he says makes sense in his conversation.
(c) He asks if he is contradicting himself in his conversation.
(d) He forgets what he is saying in his conversation.

2. As Rosencrantz and Guildenstern practice questioning one another, how do they keep score?
(a) Rosencrantz uses tennis term to keep score, but nothing makes sense.
(b) They make tally marks on the ground.
(c) Rosencrantz gives guildenstern a coin for each correct answer.
(d) They get ten points for each unanswerable question.

3. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?
(a) That only simple questions were asked.
(b) That questions never bothered him then.
(c) That there were answers for everything.
(d) That he never knew the answers.

4. What does Guildenstern want to know if the troupe knows?
(a) Any plays
(b) Any playwrights
(c) Any popular songs
(d) Any famous people

5. What is the source of the sounds Rosencrantz had heard?
(a) Six "Tragedians" or traveling actors, musicians, and their leader
(b) Six travellers who claim they saw a unicorn
(c) Six milkmaids heading for the market
(d) Six men on white horses with bells

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?

2. What is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.

3. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

4. What is Rosencrantz's reaction to the way the game keeps going?

5. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?

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 show that he is still being analytical about their situation?

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

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

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

6. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

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

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

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