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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Tom Stoppard

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1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are characters from which Shakespearean play?

2. As the play opens, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are traveling because

3. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern know Hamlet from

4. When Rosencrantz and Guildenstern talk to characters like Ophelia, Hamlet, and Gertrude, their speech changes in what way(s)?

5. Where does much of the play take place?

6. Why is Hamlet upset and acting strangely?

7. How do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern attempt to uncover the roots of Hamlet’s strange behavior?

8. The Player leads a group of actors known as

9. What happens to the other characters when the Tragedians approach?

10. What is the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia?

11. During their games of question-and-answer, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern borrow the scoring method of which sport?

12. Whom does Hamlet kill?

13. The play is set in the early

14. What’s the name of the play performed by the Tragedians?

15. Why does Rosencrantz stop the Tragedians’ rehearsal?

16. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern often pass the time by

17. What does Claudius think of the play performed by the Tragedians?

18. Why does Hamlet get angry at Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

19. Where are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sailing to in Act III?

20. The letter that Guildenstern carries on to the ship orders the execution of which character or characters?

21. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern spend much of the play in which type of mental state?

22. The play borrows from and explores which philosophy?

23. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern escape the pirates by

24. What happens to the Player on the ship?

25. Who recites the plays final lines?

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