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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) Laughing.
(c) Embracing.
(d) Leaving.

2. Before Pozzo and Lucky leave Estragon and Vladimir at the end of Act I, Pozzo, Estragon, and Vladimir get Lucky to
(a) Turn cartwheels.
(b) Sleep standing up.
(c) Dance.
(d) Sing.

3. Vladimir looks for a note about when Godot is to come in
(a) His hat.
(b) His pockets.
(c) His shoes.
(d) Estragon's pockets.

4. According to Pozzo, Lucky calls the performance he gives at the end of Act I
(a) The Hard Stool.
(b) The Scapegoat's Agony.
(c) The Net.
(d) The Hornpipe.

5. Estragon is interested in understanding Lucky and wants to find out why he
(a) Doesn't want the chicken bones.
(b) Is working for Pozzo.
(c) Is waiting for Godot.
(d) Doesn't put his packages down.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Several times during the beginning of the first act, Vladimir keeps taking off and putting back on his

3. According to the play's notes, the action begins

4. In Act I, when Pozzo first sees Estragon and Vladimir as he is entering the stage, he

5. When Lucky comes on stage for the first time, he is

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the relationship between Lucky and Pozzo.

2. How does Pozzo feel about meeting new people?

3. What is different about the tree as the second act opens, and how does this contribute to the mood of the play?

4. Estragon and Vladimir still want to know why Lucky doesn't put done all the parcels. What does Pozzo finally tell them?

5. What happens when Estragon tries to help Lucky when is is crying?

6. 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.

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

8. 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?

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

10. Who are the five characters in "Waiting for Godot?"

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