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. Still in the dark, what do the two realize?

2. How does the encounter with Hamlet leave Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

3. How does the audience know that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern still do not know where they are?

4. What is Guildenstern's reply when Rosencrantz says they have nothing to do?

5. How does Hamlet address Rosencrantz when he pulls him aside?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern doing at the beginning of Act 2?

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

4. The stage is dark when Act 3 begins. Describe what the audience hears.

5. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

6. What does Hamlet ask the Player?

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

8. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

9. What is the lie Rosencrantz tells Claudius?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about the law of probability. Using the coin spins at the first of the play, tell how the situation defies the law. Describe what one might suspect under normal circumstances. How does this dramatic device start to build suspense in the play?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about premonitions and foreshadowing. Using examples from Stoppard's play, discuss how the recurring theme of death actually forecasts the outcome of the play. How does even the title of the play add to that idea?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper contrasting chance and destiny. Do you believe in destiny or fate? If so, why, and if not, why not?

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