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. When the King wants to see Hamlet, what does Rosencrantz do?

2. Why does Guildenstern say they do not need to worry about what to say to the King?

3. During rehearsal, what is it that the Player says the troupe does really well?

4. What indicates that Hamlet is insane?

5. When Hamlet, Polonius, and Ophelia exit, where are they apparently going?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the funny bowing scene with Hamlet and Claudius.

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

3. What is the tragic news Claudius bears when he and Gertrude enter to find Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

4. What happens when the King orders Guildenstern to go and bring Hamlet?

5. What are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern doing at the beginning of Act 2?

6. When Hamlet does return, what does he say about the body?

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

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

9. What is the lie Rosencrantz tells Claudius?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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?

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