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 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 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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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