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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. During their initial conversation in the first act, what does Estragon tell Vladimir is unbuttoned?
(a) The buttons on his shoes.
(b) The buttons on his shirt.
(c) The buttons on his fly.
(d) The buttons on his pocket.
2. The main characters call each other
(a) Pozzo and Lucky.
(b) Estragon and Vladimir.
(c) Boy and Lucky.
(d) Gogo and Didi.
3. When Pozzo first introduces himself, he tells Estragon and Vladimir that they are
(a) Very brave.
(c) Extremely foolish.
(d) On his land.
4. After Estragon repeatedly asks Pozzo to sit down, Pozzo finally does and then tells Estragon and Vladimir that he must
(a) Take a nap.
(b) Feed Lucky.
(c) Go to the bathroom.
(d) Leave immediately if he is to keep his schedule.
5. When Pozzo observes that Lucky has stopped crying, but Estragon is now crying. Pozzo explains that
(a) Everybody in the world is crying.
(b) There is a constant quantity of tears and laughter in the world and that when one person stops laughing or crying, another can laugh or cry.
(c) People cry when they are unhappy.
(d) Crying is a normal and natural response to pain.
Short Answer Questions
1. After Pozzo finishes eating, what does Pozzo ask Lucky?
2. The two main characters in "Waiting for Godot" are
3. In Act 1, Pozzo asks Estragon and Vladimir how he can help them since they are having such a dull time. Estragon tells Pozzo
4. In the first Act, Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that Lucky is driving him mad. Estragon and Vladimir
5. When Estragon starts to tell Vladimir about the dream he was having, Vladimir
Short Essay Questions
1. Estragon and Vladimir have a second conversation about radishes and carrots. How does the conversation differ from the one in Act I and why might Beckett includes this second conversation?
2. When Estragon complains about Lucky's response to his attempted kindness, Pozzo reminds him about what?
3. What happens to the bones after Pozzo has finished eating?
4. In Act II, Pozzo finally decides that he and Lucky must leave. Vladimir asks Pozzo if Lucky can sing for them before he and Lucky leave. What does Pozzo tell Vladimir?
5. 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.
6. 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?
7. After the discussion about radishes in Act II, what does Vladimir suggest he and Estragon do to pass the time?
8. How does Estragon react in Act II when he decided to kick Lucky and ended up hurting his foot in the process?
9. Estragon and Vladimir frequently fall asleep throughout the play. Why do you think Beckett uses that as a thread throughout the play.
10. When Pozzo wants to sit down in Act I, what does he ask Estragon to do?
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