Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

2. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?

3. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?

4. What does Guildenstern do with the coins he takes out of his bag?

5. What strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Guildenstern show that he is still being analytical about their situation?

3. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

4. Describe the somewhat bizarre entrance of Hamlet and Ophelia.

5. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

6. What type of show does the Player attempt to offer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

7. How does Gertrude reinforce the idea that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet's?

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

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

10. Why is Guildenstern so repulsed by the Player's immoral suggestions for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on madness. Using Hamlet as an example, write about the different ways he appears as mad in the play. Describe the moments in the play when Hamlet seems lucid and behaves like a normal person. Give your opinion about whether Hamlet was acting from madness when he wrote the additional scene to The Murder of Gonzalo.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper describing the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the Player as you see them? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How well do you like them? Can you recall people from real life that are similar?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper contrasting chance and destiny. Do you believe in destiny or fate? If so, why, and if not, why not?

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