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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Vladimir goes off stage to go to the bathroom, Estragon asks Pozzo to come and look at something. Together they look at
(a) A circus coming down the street.
(b) Something, but the reader is never told what it is.
(c) A clock in the town square.
(d) Some people playing games.

2. In Act I, when Estragon and Vladimir are telling Pozzo about the fact they are waiting for Godot, Pozzo tells them he would be
(a) Afraid to meet Godot because he doesn't like strangers.
(b) Angry if he met Godot because he has kept Estragon and Vladimir waiting.
(c) Happy to meet Godot because he likes meeting new people.
(d) Upset if he met Godot because he doesn't like to meet new people.

3. What is the most significant thing on the stage? It is talked about several times during the play.
(a) Some rocks.
(b) Park benches.
(c) The tree.
(d) The dirt.

4. While they are waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir talk about
(a) Making new friends.
(b) Moving far away from each other.
(c) Hanging themselves on the tree.
(d) Running away together.

5. In Act I, when Vladimer and Estragon first encounter Pozzo and Lucky, Vladimir moves towards Lucky, but Pozzo says Lucky is
(a) Not very nice.
(b) Very dirty and bad smelling.
(c) Dangerous, especially toward strangers.
(d) Happy to make new friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. A piece of costuming that Estragon, Vladimir, Pozzo, and Lucky wear throughout the play is a

2. In the first Act, Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that Lucky is driving him mad. Estragon and Vladimir

3. Estragan pities Lucky, so Pozzo gives him a

4. During the conversation in Act I, after telling Estragon and Vladimir how terrible Lucky is, Pozzo

5. Before Pozzo and Lucky leave Estragon and Vladimir at the end of Act I, Pozzo, Estragon, and Vladimir get Lucky to

Short Essay Questions

1. When Pozzo and Lucky come across Estragon and Vladimir on the second day, what has changed, and what has stayed the same?

2. How do Pozzo and Lucky first enter the stage and why do you think Beckett creates their characters this way?

3. What do Estragon and Vladimir talk about as the first act is ending, and what actually happens?

4. Estragon and Vladimir talk about the crucifixion of Christ and, later, about offering a prayer or supplication to Godot. Why might Beckett reveal this vague connection between God and Godot?

5. Vladimir is closely associated with a particular prop. What is that prop? Why do you think Beckett chose that prop and what does it contribute to the play?

6. When Estragon complains about Lucky's response to his attempted kindness, Pozzo reminds him about what?

7. Before the boy leaves at the end of Act II, what does Vladimir ask him to do?

8. What does Estragon do to Lucky later in Act I to get revenge for what Lucky did to him earlier?

9. After Estragon and Vladimir talk about the tree, Estragon falls asleep. He is abruptly awakened by Vladimir. When he tries to tell Vladimir about a dream he was having, Vladimir is adamant that he not talk about it. Why do you think Vladimir is so vehement in his reaction?

10. When Pozzo reveals he is blind and is afraid because he can't see, who does he think Estragon and Vladimir might be?

(see the answer keys)

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