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. When Estragon and Vladimir first see Pozzo and Lucky, they

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

3. Responding to Pozzo's request for help sitting down, Estragon tells Pozzo that if he does not sit down, Pozzo will

4. During one of the conservations about the Bible, Vladimir tells Estragon he should have been a

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After Estragon and Vladimir help Pozzo get up in Act II, Pozzo asks them if they are his friends. How do Estragon and Vladimir respond?

4. What is the subject of Vladimir's song, and why do you think Beckett used this particular song?

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

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

7. How does Pozzo feel about meeting new people?

8. 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?

9. What is the theme that is carried throughout the play and obvious from the beginning? What does this theme mean to you?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot," is considered part of the Theater of the Absurd. Theater of the Absurd writers joined existential (relating to existence) philosophy with dramatic action and characters to show how "absurd" life could be. Find at least three examples of absurd actions or dialogue, describe the examples, and explain why you think they show the absurdity of life.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Imagine that Godot finally makes his appearance one day. How might he feel about the fact that Estragon and Vladimir had spent so much time waiting for him? What, if anything, might Godot would do for Estragon and Vladimir? If he were to encounter Pozzo and Lucky, would Godot do anything for them even though they had not been waiting for him?

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