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

2. In what way is Rosencrantz defensive as he discusses the game with Guildenstern?

3. What does the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

4. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The stage is dark when Act 3 begins. Describe what the audience hears.

3. What happens when the King orders Guildenstern to go and bring Hamlet?

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

5. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

6. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

7. Tell about the dialogue between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern after Rosencrantz insists they have permission to leave.

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

9. What causes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to laugh over the new coin game?

10. What type of show does the Player attempt to offer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do some research on the Elizabethan theater and write a paper on how Stoppard's staging of his play borrows from staging during Shakespeare's time. In your paper include how the Player and his troupe were able to stage plays as they moved from place to place.

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 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.

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