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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 does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?
(a) He thinks he must continue to entertain Rosencrantz.
(b) He does not think about it.
(c) He think Rosencrantz is cheating, but he cannot prove it.
(d) He sees it as odd, perhaps an omen.

2. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?
(a) That he was becoming tired of playing.
(b) That it just wasn't Guildenstern's day.
(c) That they must be dreaming.
(d) That something was dreadfully wrong.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Guildenstern suggest they do with Hamlet?

2. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?

3. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?

4. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

6. What appears to be the relationship between the two men?

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

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

9. What is Claudius' request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

10. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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