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 Hamlet do with the letter he takes from Guildenstern?

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

3. Who do the two dead spies on stage turn out to be?

4. When the King wants to see Hamlet, what does Rosencrantz do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Rosencrantz hears music?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens over the subject of money?

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

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

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 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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on costuming for a play. Hamlet has been staged often in modern dress. Why, then, is it important in Stoppard's play that the costumes be Elizabethan? What do you think the costumes add to the play?

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