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 is Rosencrantz's prophetic remark after Hamlet enters with the soldier?

2. How does Hamlet slip away from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

4. What does Rosencrantz ask Guildenstern about death?

5. What decision do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find impossible to make?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does Rosencrantz give the Player whose troupe is invited to entertain at court?

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

3. Describe the hilarious scene involving the belts of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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

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

6. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern trying to figure out where they are?

7. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

8. What happens over the subject of money?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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