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. When Rosencrantz and Guildenstern talk about the weather, what do they decide?

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

3. What is seen in their failure to trap Hamlet with their belts?

4. What is Hamlet doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Rosencrantz hears music?

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

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

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

6. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?

7. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

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

9. What happens over the subject of money?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do some research on the Elizabethan theater and write a paper on how Stoppard's staging of his play borrows from staging during Shakespeare's time. In your paper include how the Player and his troupe were able to stage plays as they moved from place to place.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about minimalist staging of a play. In ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, there is little in the way of background or props. What methods are used to indicate locations? Why does the audience accept this kind of staging?

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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