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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.
(a) About things that go bump in the night
(b) About the fife and drum
(c) About unicorns
(d) About calssical music

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

3. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?
(a) The Player falls at his feet.
(b) The Player offers to put on a free show for them.
(c) The Player doubts his word.
(d) The Player runs away.

4. 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 they must be dreaming.
(c) That something was dreadfully wrong.
(d) That he was becoming tired of playing.

5. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?
(a) There are coins scattered all over the stage.
(b) Rosencrantz keeps saying he is tired of playing the game.
(c) Guildenstern asks Rosencrantz to loan him more coins.
(d) Guildenstern's bag is nearly empty while Rosencrantz's bag is full.

Short Answer Questions

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



2. What does Rosencrantz remember about Hamlet?



3. Where does Rosencrantz want to go?



4. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?



5. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?



3. What happens over the subject of money?



4. What transpires when Rosencrantz brings up the subject of death?



5. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?



6. After a blackout when someone shouts for the lights to come up, what does the audience see?



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



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



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



10. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?



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