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. Estragon tells Vladimir that if they try to hang themselves

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

3. When Vladimir goes off stage to go to the bathroom, Estragon asks Pozzo to come and look at something. Together they look at

4. When Act I opens, Estragon is

5. During the beginning of the first act, while Vladimir is pacing back and forth, Estragon

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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. When Vladimir finds Estragon's boots in Act II, what does Estragon say about the boots?

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

7. 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?

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

9. Estragon and Vladimir talk about the tree again in Act II and the possibility of hanging themselves. They realize they need rope. What do they consider as a possible solution, and what is the problem with that?

10. In Act II, what does Estragon remember about Lucky and Pozzo from the day before and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that Beckett had each character wear a hat (bowler)? Was this effective in portraying a message or carrying a theme? Why or why not? How else does Beckett use clothing, like Estragon's boots, to provide depth to his characters and the play's message?

Essay Topic 2

Many lines of dialogue consist of single words or very brief sentences. How does this approach to dialogue affect the mood of the play, and what does it tell you about the characters, especially Estragon and Vladimir?

Essay Topic 3

There are times that all of us feel as if life is pointless. How did "Waiting for Godot" help you understand that feeling? Did it encourage you because you can see that you are going somewhere in your life, after all, considering what your are doing with your life like going to school and reading plays. Or did it show you that like the characters in the play, you are not doing anything to move your life ahead?

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