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 Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?

2. When Rosencrantz collects the coin, why does he say Guildenstern was lucky?

3. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?

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

5. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Hamlet does return, what does he say about the body?

3. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?

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

5. What does Hamlet ask the Player?

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

7. What comic relief does the dialogue about home provide for the play?

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

9. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do some research on the Elizabethan theater and write a paper on how Stoppard's staging of his play borrows from staging during Shakespeare's time. In your paper include how the Player and his troupe were able to stage plays as they moved from place to place.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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