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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 Gertrude respond when she hears Guildenstern's prayer?
(a) She says, "Praise the Lord."
(b) She says, "Thy will be done."
(c) She says, "You need more than prayer."
(d) She says, "Amen."

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

3. What does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern he would do if he lost that many times?
(a) Keep playing until he started to win
(b) Examine the coins
(c) Quit before he lost everything
(d) Draw his sword

4. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern identified in Stoppard's script?
(a) Ros and Guil
(b) Crantz and Stern
(c) Rose and Guild
(d) Gentleman one and Gentleman two

5. What does Rosencrantz say that Guildenstern must be feeling?
(a) Boredom
(b) Poorer
(c) Weariness
(d) Anger

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?

2. What is the source of the sounds Rosencrantz had heard?

3. After everyone else has left the stage, how does the speech of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern change?

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

5. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Throughout the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern never leave the stage. What stops them from following the Queen's attendants to go find Hamlet?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Guildenstern show that he is still being analytical about their situation?

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

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

9. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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