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 they open the letter, what is in it?

2. What is Rosencrantz's prophetic remark after Hamlet enters with the soldier?

3. When they meet the King of England, what troubles Rosencrantz?

4. What question does Guildenstern put to the Player?

5. Where does the Player say they got The Murder of Gonzago?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Hamlet does return, what does he say about the body?

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

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

4. What is Rosencrantz's dark question on the subject of death?

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

6. What leads up to the death scene and how does it play out?

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

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

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

10. How does Rosencrantz initiate a new coin game?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. Using the lies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern told Claudius about the whereabouts of Hamlet, discuss in your paper how telling lies almost always ends in difficult situations. Give a real world example.

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