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. Who are the well-dressed Elizabethan gentlemen at the opening of the play?

2. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?

3. What does Rosencrantz remember about Hamlet?

4. How does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?

5. When the troupe runs out of money, what do they offer Guildenstern?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the dialogue that shows the confusion of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at this point.

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

3. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

6. How does the audience understand that Rosencrantz is quite naive?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on how reading a play is different from reading a novel. In a play, how much depends on the imagination of the reader? What is included in a novel that is missing from a play? What part does "seeing" play in the reading of a drama?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about minimalist staging of a play. In ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, there is little in the way of background or props. What methods are used to indicate locations? Why does the audience accept this kind of staging?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on the tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Using the lies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern told Claudius about the whereabouts of Hamlet, discuss in your paper how telling lies almost always ends in difficult situations. Give a real world example.

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