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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. How does Hamlet address Rosencrantz when he pulls him aside?
2. What happens when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make a snare for Hamlet out of their belts?
3. To shouts of "The King rises...Give o'er the play!" and cries for Lights, lights, lights!" how do the lights come up?
4. Who is standing upstage and lights a lantern?
5. What does Rosencrantz ask Guildenstern about death?
Short Essay Questions
1. What leads up to the death scene and how does it play out?
2. What does Hamlet ask the Player?
3. What is the tragic news Claudius bears when he and Gertrude enter to find Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
4. What blunder does Rosencrantz make over what he thinks is a woman?
5. What transpires when Rosencrantz brings up the subject of death?
6. When Hamlet does return, what does he say about the body?
7. What happens when the King orders Guildenstern to go and bring Hamlet?
8. What game does Rosencrantz initiate on the ship?
9. When Hamlet enters in Act 2, what does he say?
10. How are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern trying to figure out where they are?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Write a paper on how effectively you think Stoppard's use of Shakespeare's play works in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. Do you think it is necessary to see the Shakespearean play before reading or viewing Stoppard's play? How well do you think Stoppard's use of two otherwise minor characters as the leads works.
Essay Topic 3
Write a paper on the importance of dialogue in a play. Describe how the dialogue in Stoppard's play sounds real as opposed to being contrived. What does an audience get from the dialogueue? How is dialog in a play like telling a story?
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