Waiting for Godot Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Vladimir looks for a note about when Godot is to come in

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

3. Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that you can't drive creatures like Lucky away and that it would be better to

4. The main characters call each other

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Estragon react in Act II when he decided to kick Lucky and ended up hurting his foot in the process?

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

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

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

6. In Act I, Estragon and Vladimir have a long conversation about waiting for Godot and their helplessness. Finally, Estragon exclaims he is hungry! What food does Vladimir offer Estragon, and what food does he actually produce? Why might Beckett chose these particular foods?

7. 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?

8. After Pozzo leaves in Act I, a boy enters the stage with information for Estragon and Vladimir. Vladimir asks the boy if he is the same boy who came yesterday. What does the boy tell them, and what is his explanation for being late?

9. After Estragon and Vladimir talk about the fact that Estragon got beaten again, Vladimir finally notices the tree. They have another discussion about the tree. What is interesting to note about Vladimir's observation versus the reality of the tree?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Godot exist? Why do you feel the way you do? Is there any supporting evidence in the play? If you feel that Godot does exist, is Godot God? Why do you feel the way you do?

Essay Topic 2

Describe each character by creating a "picture" with words. Concentrate on picking the best words to describe each character. Think of words that show how the characters are both different and similar to each other. In other words, what traits do they share, and what traits are unique to each character?

Essay Topic 3

Use words to paint a picture of the setting of the play. Talk about how this setting contributes to the message Samuel Becket is trying to send to the reader. There is little mention of lighting and sound, but describe how you think lighting and sound could enhance the feeling of the play. Describe how you would design the set, lighting, and sound if you were directing this play.

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