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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. How does Stoppard dramatize the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
(a) Having them drink poison and fall to the deck.
(b) Having them hang from a mast.
(c) Having them walk out of the single spotlight on them.
(d) Having them climb back into the barrels.

2. What morbid questions does Rosencrantz ask Guildenstern about death?
(a) Do you think death hurts a lot?
(b) Do you think death could possibly be a boat?
(c) Do you think the ship will sink?
(d) Do you think death awaits us in England?

3. What is the Player's response when Guildenstern asks where he is going?
(a) The Player answers that he is going to Denmark.
(b) The Player retorts that he can come and go as he pleases.
(c) The Player tells him he is going to wash costumes.
(d) The Player responds that he is going to find Hamlet.

4. What do they bicker about?
(a) How much the King gave each of them for the journey.
(b) What they are expected to do next.
(c) Who has the best money bag.
(d) Who can spin a coin the longest.

5. What saves Guildenstern from being trapped by Rosencrantz's betrayal?
(a) Hamlet is escorted in at that moment and he and his escort follow Claudius off stage.
(b) A scream is hear coming from inside the palace.
(c) Hamlet runs across the stage followed by an angry troupe.
(d) The guard enters saying that hamlet got away.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Claudius tell Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?

2. In their conversation, what does the audience gather about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

3. Where does the Player say they got The Murder of Gonzago?

4. What are the lines from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii that Hamlet says as Act Two opens?

5. What does Rosencrantz say as he looks out into the audience?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens over the subject of money?

2. When Hamlet enters in Act 2, what does he say?

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

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

5. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

6. What happens when the King orders Guildenstern to go and bring Hamlet?

7. What clue is there as to Hamlet's mental condition?

8. The stage is dark when Act 3 begins. Describe what the audience hears.

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

10. What blunder does Rosencrantz make over what he thinks is a woman?

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