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

2. What is the source of the sounds Rosencrantz had heard?

3. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?

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

5. Why is the Player so happy to see the two men?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Guildenstern come across as the more intelligent of the two men?

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

3. What is the Player's misconception about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

5. What does Guildenstern say that emphasizes their helplessness in a situation they do not understand?

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

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

8. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about the use of language styles in Stoppard's play. To what end does Stoppard utilize Elizabethan English in some scenes and modern English in others. Does this also help in identifying locations?

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 on how effectively you think Stoppard's use of Shakespeare's play works in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. Do you think it is necessary to see the Shakespearean play before reading or viewing Stoppard's play? How well do you think Stoppard's use of two otherwise minor characters as the leads works.

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