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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. The main characters call each other
(a) Boy and Lucky.
(b) Estragon and Vladimir.
(c) Pozzo and Lucky.
(d) Gogo and Didi.

2. When Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir they are trespassing, they reply that
(a) They just thought they were on a public road and meant no harm.
(b) They would be happy leave immediately.
(c) That is just too bad because it is a free country.
(d) They are lost and have no idea where they are.

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

4. While relaxing and smoking his pipe, Pozzo makes the philosophical observation that the second pipe
(a) Is better shared with someone.
(b) Is even better than the first.
(c) Is really bad for your health.
(d) Is sweet but not as sweet as the first.

5. After some time observing Lucky and the relationship he has with Pozzo, at the end of Act I, it is clear that Lucky is
(a) Very content to be working for Pozzo.
(b) Waiting for his chance to run away.
(c) Unwilling or unable to do anything to change his life.
(d) Begging for help from Estragon and Vladimir.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Several times during the play, the tree on stage is the subject of conversation. In the first act, Vladimir identifies the tree as a(an)

3. When Estragon pushes Vladimir to tell him the story about the Englishman in the brothel, Vladimir

4. When Act I opens, Estragon is

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the bones after Pozzo has finished eating?

2. How does Pozzo feel about meeting new people?

3. How does Vladimir claim he would have stopped Estragon from being beaten by the ten men?

4. 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?

5. Before the boy leaves at the end of Act II, what does Vladimir ask him to do?

6. Pozzo wants to rouse Lucky and suggests that someone go and kick him to get his attention. Estragon is reluctant to approach him because the last time he did, Lucky kicked him. What does Vladimir tell Estragon?

7. After the discussion about radishes in Act II, what does Vladimir suggest he and Estragon do to pass the time?

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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