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 new theory does Guildenstern come up with for his run of bad luck?

2. Who enters after Hamlet and Ophelia exit the stage?

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

4. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?

5. What is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks if he contradicts himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

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

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

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

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 political revenge. Discuss in your paper the reasons Claudius had for wanting Hamlet dead. Also address the position of Gertrude as Claudius' wife as well as being Hamlet's mother.

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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