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

2. What does Rosencrantz realize about the costumes of two of the troupe?

3. Where did Hamlet say the body of Polonius is?

4. As they are discussing the letter, who emerges from behind the umbrellas and walks toward the lantern?

5. What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hear as they discuss the letter the next morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

2. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

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

4. What is the lie Rosencrantz tells Claudius?

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

6. What prophetic remark does Rosencrantz make while they wait for instructions?

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

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

9. When Hamlet enters in Act 2, what does he say?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on why and how there were no female actors during the Elizabethan age. Use Alfred as your example of how female characters were portrayed. Include the idea that Shakespeare himself may have begun his career in the theater as a female impersonator.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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