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 strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?

2. What question does Guildenstern put to Rosencrantz about language?

3. What is odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?

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

5. What does the Player say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern upon meeting them on the road?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What comic relief does the dialogue about home provide for the play?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper describing the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the Player as you see them? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How well do you like them? Can you recall people from real life that are similar?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on the tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Using the lies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern told Claudius about the whereabouts of Hamlet, discuss in your paper how telling lies almost always ends in difficult situations. Give a real world example.

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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