Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.

2. What does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern he would do if he lost that many times?

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

4. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?

5. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?

3. What happens over the subject of money?

4. What transpires when Rosencrantz brings up the subject of death?

5. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

6. After a blackout when someone shouts for the lights to come up, what does the audience see?

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

8. What is the feeling the audience gets from the strange coin spinning game Guildenstern and Rosencrantz play?

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

10. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on how reading a play is different from reading a novel. In a play, how much depends on the imagination of the reader? What is included in a novel that is missing from a play? What part does "seeing" play in the reading of a drama?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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