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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 forgets what he is saying in his conversation.
(d) He asks if he is contradicting himself in his conversation.

2. What is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks if he contradicts himself?
(a) Rosencrantz asks what they have to go on.
(b) Rosencrantz pretends he doesn't hear Guildenstern.
(c) Rosencrantz asks if he is talking to him.
(d) Rosencrantz assures him he is not.

3. What does Guildenstern suggest they do with Hamlet?
(a) That they should threaten Hamlet.
(b) That they should blackmail Hamlet.
(c) That they should move Hamlet toward pleasurable things
(d) That they should kidnap him.

4. When the troupe runs out of money, what do they offer Guildenstern?
(a) Alfred
(b) Musical instruments
(c) A show
(d) Bread

5. 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) Rosencrantz continues to feel stressed and seems to feel a death is coming.
(c) He is apologetic for winning all of Guildenstern's money.
(d) He understands everything that is happening around him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

2. What is Rosencrantz's observation about Hamlet?

3. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?

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

5. What does Rosencrantz say that Guildenstern must be feeling?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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