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 surprise does Rosencrantz get when he thinks he's playing with the Queen?

2. What is Guildenstern's reply when Rosencrantz says they have nothing to do?

3. Where does Hamlet tell Ophelia to go?

4. What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hear as they discuss the letter the next morning?

5. When they open the letter, what is in it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Tell about the dialogue between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern after Rosencrantz insists they have permission to leave.

2. What is Rosencrantz's dark question on the subject of death?

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

4. The stage is dark when Act 3 begins. Describe what the audience hears.

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the hilarious scene involving the belts of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

10. What leads up to the death scene and how does it play out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the importance of dialogue in a play. Describe how the dialogue in Stoppard's play sounds real as opposed to being contrived. What does an audience get from the dialogueue? How is dialog in a play like telling a story?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on how effectively you think Stoppard's use of Shakespeare's play works in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. Do you think it is necessary to see the Shakespearean play before reading or viewing Stoppard's play? How well do you think Stoppard's use of two otherwise minor characters as the leads works.

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