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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 Pozzo wants to sit down toward the end of Act I but needs help. He asks Estragon to
(a) Hold the stool steady.
(b) Invite him, repeatedly, to sit down.
(c) Help him sit down.
(d) Bring him a chair.

2. What does Estragon do as soon as his leg feels good enough to walk again in Act 1?
(a) He hugs Vladimir
(b) He walks over to Lucky and hugs him again.
(c) He entertains the others by dancing.
(d) He walks over to Lucky and spits on him.

3. What is the last thing Lucky does at end of Act I?
(a) He picks up his packages and waits silently.
(b) He gives a long speech full of gibberish.
(c) He falls asleep and takes a nap.
(d) He laughes at Estragon.

4. When Pozzo first introduces himself, he tells Estragon and Vladimir that they are
(a) Lost.
(b) On his land.
(c) Very brave.
(d) Extremely foolish.

5. While Pozzo is talking to Estragon and Vladimir in Act I, Pozzo tells them he is going to get rid of Lucky. Estragon and Vladimir
(a) Pay no attention to either Pozzo or Lucky.
(b) Are shocked that he would want to get rid of such a faithful servant.
(c) Leave the stage.
(d) Offer to buy Lucky.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the conversation about Lucky and the packages, Pozzo yanks on the rope to get his attention and calls him a

2. While relaxing and smoking his pipe, Pozzo makes the philosophical observation that the second pipe

3. When Vladimir goes off stage to go to the bathroom, Estragon asks Pozzo to come and look at something. Together they look at

4. After some time observing Lucky and the relationship he has with Pozzo, at the end of Act I, it is clear that Lucky is

5. The first time Pozzo and Lucky meet Estragon and Vladimir in Act I, Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that Lucky

Short Essay Questions

1. Pozzo smokes a pipe after dinner. He tells Estragon and Vladimir that even though the second pipe is sweet, it is not as sweet as the first. Why might Pozzo believes the first pipe is sweeter, and why does Pozzo have the second pipe? What does this contribute to the mood of the play?

2. 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.

3. 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?

4. When Pozzo wants to sit down in Act I, what does he ask Estragon to do?

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. Estragon and Vladimir can't seem to figure out who Pozzo and Lucky really are in Act II. In their confusion, they call them two names that are related. What are those names, and how do these names give some additional depth to the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky?

7. What does Pozzo have for dinner and what do Estragon, Vladimir, and Lucky eat?

8. Lucky makes a speech. What does he tell Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo?

9. In Act 1, when Vladimir leaves the stage to go to the bathroom, what do Pozzo and Estragon stare at off stage? What does Estragon tell Vladimir about it when he returns?

10. 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?

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