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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 the first act, Vladimir leaves the stage to go to the bathroom. When Vladimir returns, Estragon tries to start a conversation. He acknowledges that Vladimir is angry and wants the anger to go away. They end up
(a) Fighting.
(b) Embracing.
(c) Leaving.
(d) Laughing.

2. Pozzo controls Lucky with
(a) A long rope that goes around his neck and has created a large sore.
(b) A sword he threatens him with.
(c) His fists.
(d) A stick he beats him with.

3. After all of the men say goodbye many times toward the end of Act 1, Pozzo and Lucky
(a) Decide to stay and meet Godot.
(b) Fall asleep.
(c) Eat.
(d) Leave.

4. During the conversation in Act I, after telling Estragon and Vladimir how terrible Lucky is, Pozzo
(a) Tells them everything he said was a lie.
(b) Falls asleep and starts to snore.
(c) Tries to kidnap Estragon.
(d) Decides to turn him over to the police.

5. When Pozzo tells Estragon to give Lucky his hat so Lucky can entertain them, Estragon says
(a) He won't do it because Lucky kicked him.
(b) He doesn't believe Lucky should wear a hat.
(c) He would be happy to do it.
(d) Lucky already has his hat.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the first act, when Estragon complains because Vladimir woke him up, Vladimir tells Estragon he woke him up because

2. According to Pozzo, Lucky calls the performance he gives at the end of Act I

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

4. When Estragon and Vladimir first discuss the tree, they notice it is

5. After Pozzo finishes eating, what does Pozzo ask Lucky?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the theme that is carried throughout the play and obvious from the beginning? What does this theme mean to you?

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

3. Pozzo and Lucky perform a repetitive behavior that serves to demonstrate the kind of relationship they have. It drives home the point that they are incapable of changing the course of their lives. Lucky's suffering is apparent. Briefly explain what Lucky's part is in the "dance" between them. Pozzo's "servitude" is not as apparent, but it does exist. Explain how Pozzo is just as helpless and frustrated in his relationship with Lucky.

4. Estragon 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?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. In Act II, while Pozzo is obviously in distress and asking for help, what are Estragon and Vladimir doing? Pozzo keeps calling for help and finally offers what to Estragon and Vladimir?

10. How does Estragon reply to Vladimir's statement that he can't go barefoot?

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