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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 does Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Hamlet will talk to them because they are strangers.
(b) There are two of them and Hamlet is alone.
(c) They should get Ophelia to help them.
(d) Hamlet has spoken of them and that she knows how fond of them he is.

2. What strange comparison does Guildenstern make to the coins?
(a) Monkeys
(b) Apples
(c) Rocks
(d) Fish

3. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?
(a) By two donkeys
(b) By two of the actors
(c) By two white horses
(d) By the two musicians

4. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?
(a) Rosencrantz says he has gotten them into a fine mess.
(b) Rosencrantz asks for how long.
(c) Rosencrantz asks how he knows that.
(d) Rosencrantz says that is easy for him to say.

5. What does Claudius request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) To play a game of coins
(b) To try to figure out what is bothering Hamlet
(c) To sing and dance
(d) To explain why they are there

Short Answer Questions

1. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?

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

3. What concession do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make to Claudius and Gertrude?

4. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Trying to make sense of their situation, to what does Guildenstern think back?

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

7. What rather unusual encounter do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern then have in the undisclosed location?

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

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

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

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