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

2. When Hamlet says he will be with them shortly, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do?
(a) Say they will stay by his side
(b) Run off
(c) Wait for him
(d) Laugh because they don't believe him

3. What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern threaten to do to the Player?
(a) Have him arrested
(b) Cut out his tongue
(c) Expose him for a fraud
(d) Dance on his grave

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

5. Why is the troupe in disfavor from the King?
(a) They insulted Gertrude.
(b) He did not like their play.
(c) They got drunk at court.
(d) Their costumes were shabby.

Short Answer Questions

1. What decision do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find impossible to make?

2. What happens when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make a snare for Hamlet out of their belts?

3. To shouts of "The King rises...Give o'er the play!" and cries for Lights, lights, lights!" how do the lights come up?

4. Who do the two dead spies on stage turn out to be?

5. Where did Hamlet say the body of Polonius is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Guildenstern's rationale for not catching Hamlet?

2. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern trying to figure out where they are?

3. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?

4. Tell about the dialogue between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern after Rosencrantz insists they have permission to leave.

5. When the lights finally do come up in Act 3, what does the audience see?

6. What causes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to laugh over the new coin game?

7. When Hamlet does return, what does he say about the body?

8. What prophetic remark does Rosencrantz make while they wait for instructions?

9. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

10. What are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern doing at the beginning of Act 2?

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