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

2. What does Rosencrantz demand of the troupe?

3. What does Rosencrantz answer when Claudius asks where Hamlet is?

4. Beside the two British Ambassadors, what characters from Shakespeare are on stage at the end of the play?

5. Why does Rosencrantz think he can leave?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

4. What leads up to the death scene and how does it play out?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on staged plays as opposed to films. Discuss what you think the advantages and disadvantages are of both types. What are the elements of entertainment one gets from the staged play that is missing from a film and vice versa? Give examples from your own experience.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper describing the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the Player as you see them? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How well do you like them? Can you recall people from real life that are similar?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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