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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. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?
2. What blunder does Rosencrantz make with the introductions?
3. What does Guildenstern continue doing with the coin tosses?
4. When the time theory is disproved, what does Guildenstern think of next?
5. What does Rosencrantz say that Guildenstern must be feeling?
Short Essay Questions
1. What rather unusual encounter do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern then have in the undisclosed location?
2. Throughout the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern never leave the stage. What stops them from following the Queen's attendants to go find Hamlet?
3. How does Guildenstern show that he is still being analytical about their situation?
4. What comic relief does the dialogue about home provide for the play?
5. How does Guildenstern come across as the more intelligent of the two men?
6. What does Guildenstern say that emphasizes their helplessness in a situation they do not understand?
7. What appears to be the relationship between the two men?
8. Why do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak differently to Claudius and Gertrude?
9. What is the feeling the audience gets from the strange coin spinning game Guildenstern and Rosencrantz play?
10. Trying to make sense of their situation, to what does Guildenstern think back?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write a paper about friendship. Using Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as examples, describe how one friend is usually dominant. Also write about how even the best of friends often quarrel or bicker.
Essay Topic 2
Write a paper about the use of language styles in Stoppard's play. To what end does Stoppard utilize Elizabethan English in some scenes and modern English in others. Does this also help in identifying locations?
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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