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 type of performance does the Player say they can put on for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

2. What is Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?

3. What happens when the troupe sees the coin?

4. How is the troupe's cart being pulled?

5. What strange comment does Rosencrantz make about questions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

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

4. Throughout the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern never leave the stage. What stops them from following the Queen's attendants to go find Hamlet?

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

6. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

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

9. What is Rosencrantz's dark question on the subject of death?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on madness. Using Hamlet as an example, write about the different ways he appears as mad in the play. Describe the moments in the play when Hamlet seems lucid and behaves like a normal person. Give your opinion about whether Hamlet was acting from madness when he wrote the additional scene to The Murder of Gonzalo.

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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