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 the Player do when Rosencrantz tosses a coin on the ground in front of the Player?

2. What does the player tell Guildenstern they are more about?

3. What is the ridiculous conversation Rosencrantz initiates about fingernails and beards?

4. What is Polonius' message for Claudius?

5. Grabbing hold of the Player angrily, how does Guildenstern excuse himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What things are troubling Rosencrantz as he and Guildenstern are once again left alone on the stage?

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

7. Why are Guildenstern and Rosencrantz on this road and what has Guildenstern been expecting?

8. How does Guildenstern take advantage of the Player?

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

10. What is the Player's misconception about 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

Write a paper on costuming for a play. Hamlet has been staged often in modern dress. Why, then, is it important in Stoppard's play that the costumes be Elizabethan? What do you think the costumes add to the play?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper about the use of language styles in Stoppard's play. To what end does Stoppard utilize Elizabethan English in some scenes and modern English in others. Does this also help in identifying locations?

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