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 strange comparison does Guildenstern make to the coins?

2. What is Guildenstern's angry reply to the Player's suggestion?

3. What is Alfred's response when Guildenstern suggests they could set a dramatic precedent?

4. How does Rosencrantz show that he is confused?

5. Why is the Player so happy to see the two men?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What appears to be the relationship between the two men?

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

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

9. Describe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as the play opens.

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

Essay Topics

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 describing the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the Player as you see them? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How well do you like them? Can you recall people from real life that are similar?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on comic relief in a tragedy. Explain why it is a necessary element in a drama that will ultimately end in disaster. Evaluate how well Stoppard uses this tool in his play.

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