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. Still trying to explain his run of bad luck, why does Guildenstern think about time?

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

3. What are the instruments the musicians play?

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

5. How does Guildenstern question what is happening with the game?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Rosencrantz hears music?

3. What prophetic remark does Rosencrantz make while they wait for instructions?

4. What causes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to laugh over the new coin game?

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

6. How does the Player reinforce the idea that the troupe is willing to perform a vulgar show?

7. How does Gertrude reinforce the idea that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet's?

8. What leads up to the death scene and how does it play out?

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

10. Throughout the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern never leave the stage. What stops them from following the Queen's attendants to go find Hamlet?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on political revenge. Discuss in your paper the reasons Claudius had for wanting Hamlet dead. Also address the position of Gertrude as Claudius' wife as well as being Hamlet's mother.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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