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. How is the Player still trying to appeal to prurient interest to get more money?

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

3. What indicates that Guildenstern may also be a bit confused?

4. What does Guildenstern want to know if the troupe knows?

5. How does Guildenstern summarize that day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Claudius' request of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Guildenstern attempt to change the subject away from the coins?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Do some research on the Elizabethan theater and write a paper on how Stoppard's staging of his play borrows from staging during Shakespeare's time. In your paper include how the Player and his troupe were able to stage plays as they moved from place to place.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper contrasting chance and destiny. Do you believe in destiny or fate? If so, why, and if not, why not?

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