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 want to know if the troupe knows?

2. Why does Rosencrantz's answer please Guildenstern?

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

4. What does Rosencrantz say he remembers about questions in the past?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When Rosencrantz collects the coin that was under the Player's foot, why does he tell Guildenstern that he was lucky?

2. How does Gertrude reinforce the idea that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet's?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Guildenstern attempt to change the subject away from the coins?

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

10. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on costuming for a play. Hamlet has been staged often in modern dress. Why, then, is it important in Stoppard's play that the costumes be Elizabethan? What do you think the costumes add to the play?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on the importance of dialogue in a play. Describe how the dialogue in Stoppard's play sounds real as opposed to being contrived. What does an audience get from the dialogueue? How is dialog in a play like telling a story?

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