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 odd about the gambling game Guildenstern plays with Rosencrantz?

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

4. How does Guildenstern win money from the Player and the troupe?

5. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 the importance of dialogue in a play. Describe how the dialogue in Stoppard's play sounds real as opposed to being contrived. What does an audience get from the dialogueue? How is dialog in a play like telling a story?

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