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

2. How much does the Player say it will cost for them to perform a gory romance?
(a) A coin for each actor
(b) A small bag of coins
(c) A handful of coins
(d) A single coin

3. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?
(a) they were sleeping and suddenly found themselves on a road they don't know.
(b) Right after breakfast they got a summons for jury duty.
(c) They got a message to come quickly but it did not tell them where.
(d) They were awakened at dawn with a message, a summons, and a new record for heads and tails.

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

5. What is Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?
(a) He understands everything that is happening around him.
(b) He is confident that everything will now turn out all right.
(c) Rosencrantz continues to feel stressed and seems to feel a death is coming.
(d) He is apologetic for winning all of Guildenstern's money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What exchange is there between Hamlet and Ophelia?

2. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?

3. What are Guildenstern's suggestions for him and Rosencrantz in this strange situation?

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

5. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Guildenstern continue trying to analyze the situation?

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

4. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?

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

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

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

8. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

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