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To preface this has anyone ever seen the movie, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It stars Tim Roth and Gary Oldman playing the two minor characters in Shakespeare's, Hamlet. In the movie, they serve up a game of questions:

R: Could we play at questions?

G: What good would that do?

R: Practice!

G: Statement! One - love.

R: Cheating!

G: How?

R: I hadn't started yet.

G: Statement. Two - love.

R: Are you counting that?

G: What?

R: Are you counting that?

G: Foul! No repetitions. Three - love. Game.

You must maintain a dialogue of asking questions back and forth for as long as possible, without making any declarative statements. Play begins when the first player "serves" by asking a question. The second player must respond to the question with another question. Each player continues the conversation by using only questions. Statements or non sequiturs are not allowed and cause players to foul.

Scoring is done by foul. Fouls can be called for:

  • statement: player fails to reply with a question
  • repetition: player asks questions identical to or synonymous with one already asked
  • rhetoric: player asks a rhetorical question
  • non sequitur: player responds with an unrelated question

Do you understand the rules of the game?

Edited by Joe V

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