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 play does Hamlet ask the Player if his troupe can perform?

2. What makes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern laugh at this new coin game?

3. When Hamlet says he will be with them shortly, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do?

4. In their conversation, what does the audience gather about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the lie Rosencrantz tells Claudius?

3. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

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

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

6. What blunder does Rosencrantz make over what he thinks is a woman?

7. When the lights finally do come up in Act 3, what does the audience see?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about friendship. Using Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as examples, describe how one friend is usually dominant. Also write about how even the best of friends often quarrel or bicker.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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