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 does Guildenstern do differently the next time he tosses a coin?

2. How is it obvious that the two men have been playing the gambling game for a long time?

3. How does Hamlet react when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confront him?

4. As the scene changes from exterior to interior, who enters the stage?

5. When Guildenstern assures Rosencrantz that they will be all right, what is Rosencrantz's reply?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Guildenstern's comment that he is afraid today is his day mean?

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

3. How does Guildenstern show that he is still being analytical about their situation?

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

5. What is the feeling the audience gets from the strange coin spinning game Guildenstern and Rosencrantz play?

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

7. What type of show does the Player attempt to offer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

9. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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 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?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about minimalist staging of a play. In ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, there is little in the way of background or props. What methods are used to indicate locations? Why does the audience accept this kind of staging?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on how effectively you think Stoppard's use of Shakespeare's play works in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. Do you think it is necessary to see the Shakespearean play before reading or viewing Stoppard's play? How well do you think Stoppard's use of two otherwise minor characters as the leads works.

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