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 Rosencrantz's emotional condition as a result of his encounters?

2. How does Guildenstern see the way the game keeps going?

3. What does Guildenstern mean when he says he is afraid, too?

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

5. What does Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Trying to make sense of their situation, to what does Guildenstern think back?

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 why and how there were no female actors during the Elizabethan age. Use Alfred as your example of how female characters were portrayed. Include the idea that Shakespeare himself may have begun his career in the theater as a female impersonator.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on staged plays as opposed to films. Discuss what you think the advantages and disadvantages are of both types. What are the elements of entertainment one gets from the staged play that is missing from a film and vice versa? Give examples from your own experience.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper about the social position of actors during the Elizabethan age. Using Guildenstern's line that the troupe's company was welcome for lack of any other, explain the contradiction of loving plays while looking down on the players.

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