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 is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks why they would want to leave?

2. What question does Guildenstern put to the Player?

3. What is the one bit of knowledge that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are sure of?

4. How many corpses does the Player say the drama will have at the end?

5. What is strange about where Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are throughout the entire play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Hamlet ask the Player?

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

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

7. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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