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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. Several times during the play, the tree on stage is the subject of conversation. In the first act, Vladimir identifies the tree as a(an)
(a) Pecan.
(b) Oak.
(c) Magnolia.
(d) Willow.

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

3. After eating and disposing of the chicken bones, Pozzo finally decides to relax and
(a) Have an after dinner mint.
(b) Listen to some music.
(c) Take a quick nap.
(d) Smoke his pipe.

4. After Lucky reacts to Estragon's attempt to make him feel better, Estragon then reacts by
(a) Fainting.
(b) Kicking him really hard.
(c) Giving Lucky a hug.
(d) Dramatically claiming he is crippled.

5. When Vladimir talks about leaving, Pozzo asks him what will happen to his appointment with Godot because he believes Godot
(a) Holds Vladimir's future in his hands.
(b) Is going to trick Vladimir and steal everything he has.
(c) Has no intention of coming.
(d) Has already been there and won't come back.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At times throughout the play, both Estragon and Vladimir talk about leaving the place where they are waiting, but they do not. Why not?

3. The two main characters in the play are waiting for

4. Vladimir tells Estragon that if they hang themselves from the tree, they will have

5. When Pozzo observes that Lucky has stopped crying, but Estragon is now crying. Pozzo explains that

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Vladimir claim he would have stopped Estragon from being beaten by the ten men?

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

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

4. How does Pozzo feel about meeting new people?

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

6. What happens to the bones after Pozzo has finished eating?

7. How does Estragon react in Act II when he decided to kick Lucky and ended up hurting his foot in the process?

8. Why do you think Beckett uses the moon to illuminate the stage? Remember that moonlight is different than sunlight and that the moon becomes part of the play in the same way that the tree does.

9. After Estragon and Vladimir help Pozzo get up in Act II, Pozzo asks them if they are his friends. How do Estragon and Vladimir respond?

10. What does Pozzo tell Estragon and Vladimir about tears and laughter?

(see the answer keys)

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