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 Pozzo tells Estragon to give Lucky his hat so Lucky can entertain them, Estragon says

2. When Pozzo asks Estragon what his name is, what name does Estragon give?

3. During the conversation about Lucky and the packages, Pozzo yanks on the rope to get his attention and calls him a

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

5. When Lucky comes on stage for the first time, he is

Short Essay Questions

1. Estragon and Vladimir can't seem to figure out who Pozzo and Lucky really are in Act II. In their confusion, they call them two names that are related. What are those names, and how do these names give some additional depth to the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky?

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

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

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

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

6. Of all the kind of trees there are, Beckett chose what kind of tree? Why do you think he chose that particular type of tree.

7. When Pozzo reveals he is blind and is afraid because he can't see, who does he think Estragon and Vladimir might be?

8. Pozzo smokes a pipe after dinner. He tells Estragon and Vladimir that even though the second pipe is sweet, it is not as sweet as the first. Why might Pozzo believes the first pipe is sweeter, and why does Pozzo have the second pipe? What does this contribute to the mood of the play?

9. Estragon and Vladimir frequently fall asleep throughout the play. Why do you think Beckett uses that as a thread throughout the play.

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

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

Both Vladimir and Estragon suffer from constant pain. Why may Beckett have given them each a chronic condition that constantly occupied their attention? Pozzo and Lucky also have pain in their lives although, in the first act, it is different from the chronic conditions suffered by Vladimir and Estragon. Then, in the second act, Pozzo is afflicted with a condition that causes him a different kind of pain. How does Beckett use pain as a theme running throughout the play? How does this theme contribute to Beckett's overall message?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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