Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Test | Lesson Plans 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 is the fanciful conversation started by Guildenstern when Rosencrantz hears a sound.

2. What does Rosencrantz tell Guildenstern he would do if he lost that many times?

3. What is the Player's reaction when Guildenstern says he may be able to use his influence at the court to get them shows?

4. When Rosencrantz begins saying he is afraid, what is it he was going to say before Guildenstern stops him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?

3. What happens over the subject of money?

4. What transpires when Rosencrantz brings up the subject of death?

5. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

6. After a blackout when someone shouts for the lights to come up, what does the audience see?

7. How does Guildenstern test the oddity of the coin game?

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

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

10. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a paper about the law of probability. Using the coin spins at the first of the play, tell how the situation defies the law. Describe what one might suspect under normal circumstances. How does this dramatic device start to build suspense in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on madness. Using Hamlet as an example, write about the different ways he appears as mad in the play. Describe the moments in the play when Hamlet seems lucid and behaves like a normal person. Give your opinion about whether Hamlet was acting from madness when he wrote the additional scene to The Murder of Gonzalo.

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