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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. At times throughout the play, both Estragon and Vladimir talk about leaving the place where they are waiting, but they do not. Why not?
(a) They are looking for money.
(b) The are happy in this place.
(c) They are waiting for Godot.
(d) They are watching all the people walking by.

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

3. When Pozzo observes that Lucky has stopped crying, but Estragon is now crying. Pozzo explains that
(a) 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.
(b) People cry when they are unhappy.
(c) Crying is a normal and natural response to pain.
(d) Everybody in the world is crying.

4. During the first act, when Estragon complains because Vladimir woke him up, Vladimir tells Estragon he woke him up because
(a) Estragon was snoring.
(b) It was Estragon's turn to keep watch.
(c) He just felt like it.
(d) He felt lonely.

5. After Pozzo has finished eating, Estragon asks him
(a) If he can have some wine.
(b) If there is any more to eat.
(c) If Pozzo has some other kinds of food.
(d) If he can have the chicken bones.

Short Answer Questions

1. After tormenting Lucky awhile, Pozzo decides to eat. In his belongings he has

2. Upon first encountering Pozzo, Estragon wants to know if he is

3. During the first part of Act I, Estragon keeps looking for something that he doesn't find in what?

4. After Estragon repeatedly asks Pozzo to sit down, Pozzo finally does and then tells Estragon and Vladimir that he must

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. 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?

3. Briefly describe the relationship between Lucky and Pozzo.

4. Vladimir asks Estragon if he has ever read the Bible. What does Estragon tell him?

5. Estragon and Vladimir keep discussing whether they should help Pozzo while Pozzo keeps repeating his pleas for help. Do Estragon and Vladimir finally agree to respond to Pozzo's requests for help? Why or why not?

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

8. 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?

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

10. Vladimir asks the boy what Mr. Godot does. How does the boy respond?

(see the answer keys)

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