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. Before Pozzo and Lucky leave Estragon and Vladimir at the end of Act I, Pozzo, Estragon, and Vladimir get Lucky to

2. Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that the reason Lucky won't put the packages down is that Lucky wants to

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

4. While relaxing and smoking his pipe, Pozzo makes the philosophical observation that the second pipe

5. At times throughout the play, both Estragon and Vladimir talk about leaving the place where they are waiting, but they do not. Why not?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Vladimir asks the boy if Mr. Godot has a beard and what color it is. How does the boy respond?

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

4. The set is very bare with the exception of one significant thing. What is it, and why do you think Beckett used this particular thing?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. What do Estragon and Vladimir talk about as the first act is ending, and what actually happens?

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

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

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 3

Estragon is beaten during the two nights the play covers. He seems to accept the beatings as a part of life. What do you think Beckett was trying to say? Keep in mind that when Vladimir tells Estragon he would have stopped the beating, he doesn't mean that he would have stopped the people who beat Estragon, but that he would stop Estragon from doing whatever he had done to antagonize those who beat him.

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