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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is seen in their failure to trap Hamlet with their belts?
(a) That Rosencrantz wears his pants too large
(b) That they are once again inept or helpless
(c) That they are clever but unlucky
(d) That Guldenstern is wearing two belts

2. What does Guildenstern say about death?
(a) Guildenstern says that death, for them, is not romantic, not a game soon over.
(b) He says that anyone can die but it takes a strong will to live.
(c) He says that death is just a triffle and not worth worring about.
(d) He says that even though he is young, he is ready for death.

3. To lighten the discussion, what does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern?
(a) The story of a man buried alive
(b) How coffins were invented
(c) Silly and meaningless jokes about life and death
(d) The burial practices of elephants

4. What are the lines from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii that Hamlet says as Act Two opens?
(a) Out, out, damned spot.
(b) S'blood, there is something in this more than natural, if philosophy could find it out.
(c) Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well.
(d) The forest is coming to Elsinore.

5. What mime does Rosencrantz perform during the discussion of death?
(a) Placing flowers on a grave.
(b) Banging on a coffin lid.
(c) Marching in a funeral procession.
(d) Lying down in a coffin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Beside the two British Ambassadors, what characters from Shakespeare are on stage at the end of the play?

2. What is Rosencrantz's prophetic remark after Hamlet enters with the soldier?

3. What morbid questions does Rosencrantz ask Guildenstern about death?

4. As they are discussing the letter, who emerges from behind the umbrellas and walks toward the lantern?

5. What two different meanings do they seem to apply to the word madness?

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