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

2. What does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?

3. When the time theory is disproved, what does Guildenstern think of next?

4. How does Guildenstern reply to Rosencrantz's idea about how Guildenstern must be feeling?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does the subject of fear affect both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

7. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

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

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 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 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?

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