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. Where did Hamlet say the body of Polonius is?

2. Why does Rosencrantz have a coin in both hands?

3. To shouts of "The King rises...Give o'er the play!" and cries for Lights, lights, lights!" how do the lights come up?

4. Who are the last to die?

5. Where do Rosencrantz and Guilderstern finally ascertain that they are?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Rosencrantz hears music?

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

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

4. What causes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to laugh over the new coin game?

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

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

7. What happens over the subject of money?

8. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about minimalist staging of a play. In ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, there is little in the way of background or props. What methods are used to indicate locations? Why does the audience accept this kind of staging?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write a paper on how reading a play is different from reading a novel. In a play, how much depends on the imagination of the reader? What is included in a novel that is missing from a play? What part does "seeing" play in the reading of a drama?

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