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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. Instead of leading him with the rope, Pozzo drives Lucky forward with a
(a) Gun.
(b) Stick.
(c) Sword.
(d) Whip.

2. Who offers to give Lucky his hat so that he can perform at the end of Act I?
(a) The boy
(b) Vladimir
(c) Pozzo
(d) A stranger walking across the stage

3. In Act I, when Vladimer and Estragon first encounter Pozzo and Lucky, Vladimir moves towards Lucky, but Pozzo says Lucky is
(a) Very dirty and bad smelling.
(b) Dangerous, especially toward strangers.
(c) Happy to make new friends.
(d) Not very nice.

4. When Estragon tries to make Lucky feel better in the way Pozzo suggested, Lucky
(a) Is grateful and shows his great appreciation.
(b) Is confused and doesn't understand why Estragon is helping him.
(c) Puts down his packages, lies down, and falls asleep.
(d) Kicks him violently in the shins and gives the handkerchief back to Pozzo.

5. The two main characters in the play are waiting for
(a) Pozzo.
(b) the Boy.
(c) Lucky.
(d) Godot.

Short Answer Questions

1. The two main characters in "Waiting for Godot" are

2. In Act I, the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky is demonstrated by the fact that each time Pozzo asks Lucky to bring him something, Lucky

3. During the course of the play, Estragon and Vladimir encounter two people who are traveling together, Pozzo and Lucky. It is clear that

4. Estragon and Vladimir want to find out why Lucky won't put his packages down. Finally, Pozzo understands the question and tells them that Lucky

5. While they are waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir talk about

Short Essay Questions

1. When Pozzo and Lucky come across Estragon and Vladimir on the second day, what has changed, and what has stayed the same?

2. Briefly describe the relationship between Lucky and Pozzo.

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

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

5. How does the idea of hanging and Estragon and Vladimir's inability to come up with a workable plan contribute to the atmosphere of the play?

6. Estragon and Vladimir frequently fall asleep throughout the play. Why do you think Beckett uses that as a thread throughout the play.

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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.

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