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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. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?
(a) The coin was on heads again.
(b) The coin was buried in the sand.
(c) The coin was on tails.
(d) The coin was almost lost.

2. What is the Player's response when Rosencrantz asks if the two of them are enough for an audience?
(a) The Player says they do not have time to put on a show right then.
(b) The Player says it is all right if they pay extra for the show.
(c) The Player says they will have to find more people to attend the show.
(d) He says two is small for an audience but about average for voyeurs.

3. What is Guildenstern's observation about their strange situation?
(a) That they are fortunate that they are presented with alternatives.
(b) That Claudius will explain everyting to them.
(c) That it will soon be over and they can go home.
(d) That it is probably all a dream.

4. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?
(a) The law of relativity
(b) The law of diminishing returns
(c) The law of gravity
(d) The law of Hammurabi

5. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?
(a) Whether they grow before birth and after death
(b) Whether they are like toenails
(c) Whether they grow at the same rate
(d) Whether they should be worn long or short

Short Answer Questions

1. What question does Guildenstern press on Rosencrantz during their discussion of the game?

2. When Guildenstern insists their meeting must have been chance, how does the Player reply?

3. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?

4. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?

5. What new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the feeling the audience gets from the strange coin spinning game Guildenstern and Rosencrantz play?

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

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

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