Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Test | Final 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 do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hear as they discuss the letter the next morning?

2. What decision do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find impossible to make?

3. What props are on the stage as the lights finally come up on Act III?

4. Who are the last to die?

5. What does Rosencrantz answer when Claudius asks where Hamlet is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

3. How does the audience know what the stage setting is in Act 3?

4. What happens when Rosencrantz hears music?

5. How does the audience realize that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are really dead?

6. What clue is there as to Hamlet's mental condition?

7. What is the lie Rosencrantz tells Claudius?

8. What is Guildenstern's rationale for not catching Hamlet?

9. What advice does Rosencrantz give the Player whose troupe is invited to entertain at court?

10. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern trying to figure out where they are?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Using the lies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern told Claudius about the whereabouts of Hamlet, discuss in your paper how telling lies almost always ends in difficult situations. Give a real world example.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on how reading a play is different from reading a novel. In a play, how much depends on the imagination of the reader? What is included in a novel that is missing from a play? What part does "seeing" play in the reading of a drama?

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of Stoppard's play. Detail what you think are its strong points and where you think it might have been improved. At the end of your critique, rate it from one to five stars as a recommendation for someone else to read or see.

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