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 strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?

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

3. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?

4. What does Rosencrantz say that Guildenstern must be feeling?

5. What does Guildenstern say will eventually turn the game around?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Guildenstern asks Rosencrantz if he appears to be contradicting himself. What is Rosencrantz's odd reply?

4. What rather unusual encounter do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern then have in the undisclosed location?

5. Describe the somewhat bizarre entrance of Hamlet and Ophelia.

6. What is Claudius' request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

8. Why do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak differently to Claudius and Gertrude?

9. What things are troubling Rosencrantz as he and Guildenstern are once again left alone on the stage?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about premonitions and foreshadowing. Using examples from Stoppard's play, discuss how the recurring theme of death actually forecasts the outcome of the play. How does even the title of the play add to that idea?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on comic relief in a tragedy. Explain why it is a necessary element in a drama that will ultimately end in disaster. Evaluate how well Stoppard uses this tool in his play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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