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. How many times does Rosencrantz say he has won the game?

2. What is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.

3. How does Guildenstern win money from the Player and the troupe?

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

5. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What appears to be the relationship between the two men?

2. Throughout the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern never leave the stage. What stops them from following the Queen's attendants to go find Hamlet?

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

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

5. Why are Guildenstern and Rosencrantz on this road and what has Guildenstern been expecting?

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

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

8. How does Guildenstern continue trying to analyze the situation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about friendship. Using Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as examples, describe how one friend is usually dominant. Also write about how even the best of friends often quarrel or bicker.

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 about the law of probability. Using the coin spins at the first of the play, tell how the situation defies the law. Describe what one might suspect under normal circumstances. How does this dramatic device start to build suspense in the play?

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