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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. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?
(a) That they will be at home by nightfall.
(b) That they will make a lot of money this time.
(c) That Hamlet will confide in them.
(d) That the only beginnings and endings are birth and death.

2. What event does Guildenstern recall as they talk about questions?
(a) A man coming to summon them to court
(b) A time when he had not studied for an examination
(c) A question for which he had no answer
(d) A play he saw about death

3. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?
(a) Hamlet shouts and runs off stage.
(b) Hamlet does not recognize them.
(c) Hamlet refers to them as friends and asks how they are.
(d) Hamlet asks them what they are doing at court.

4. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?
(a) Ophelia is shouting at Hamlet.
(b) Ophelia is crying and Hamlet tries to comfort her.
(c) Hamlet sighs and stares into Ophelia's face.
(d) Hamlet is laughing and Ophelia is shocked.

5. 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 he never knew the answers.
(d) That there were answers for everything.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?

2. If they discover what is troubling Hamlet, what does Rosencrantz want to know?

3. When the troupe runs out of money, what do they offer Guildenstern?

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

5. Why is the Player so happy to see the two men?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What type of show does the Player attempt to offer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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