Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what kind of death does the Player say people only believe?

2. What does Rosencrantz tell the Player about Hamlet?

3. What does Guildenstern explain to Rosencrantz about Hamlet's whereabouts?

4. As characters enter and exit the stage, what is Rosencrantz's objection?

5. How does Hamlet address Rosencrantz when he pulls him aside?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a paper about the social position of actors during the Elizabethan age. Using Guildenstern's line that the troupe's company was welcome for lack of any other, explain the contradiction of loving plays while looking down on the players.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on political revenge. Discuss in your paper the reasons Claudius had for wanting Hamlet dead. Also address the position of Gertrude as Claudius' wife as well as being Hamlet's mother.

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