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. Of what does Guildenstern say they can be sure?

2. After everyone else has left the stage, how does the speech of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern change?

3. Who enters after Hamlet and Ophelia exit the stage?

4. How does the dialogue change when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern speak with Claudius and Gertrude?

5. What are the instruments the musicians play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

10. What comic relief does the dialogue about home provide for the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write a paper on how reading a play is different from reading a novel. In a play, how much depends on the imagination of the reader? What is included in a novel that is missing from a play? What part does "seeing" play in the reading of a drama?

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