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. After speaking with Hamlet, what is the condition of Guildenstern and Rosencrantz?

2. What does Rosencrantz realize about the costumes of two of the troupe?

3. What is Rosencrantz's reply when Guildenstern asks why they would want to leave?

4. When Hamlet says he will be with them shortly, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do?

5. What does Guildenstern say about Hamlet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the funny bowing scene with Hamlet and Claudius.

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

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

7. What happens when Rosencrantz hears music?

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

9. How does Rosencrantz sum up their position?

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 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.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about the use of language styles in Stoppard's play. To what end does Stoppard utilize Elizabethan English in some scenes and modern English in others. Does this also help in identifying locations?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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