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 does Guildenstern say about death?

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

3. Who are in the barrels?

4. During rehearsal, what is it that the Player says the troupe does really well?

5. What surprise does Rosencrantz get when he thinks he's playing with the Queen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

4. What happens over the subject of money?

5. When Hamlet does return, what does he say about the body?

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

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

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

9. What clue is there as to Hamlet's mental condition?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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