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 and Vladimir want to find out why Lucky won't put his packages down. Finally, Pozzo understands the question and tells them that Lucky

2. Estragon is interested in understanding Lucky and wants to find out why he

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

4. Estragan pities Lucky, so Pozzo gives him a

5. Act I starts with a meandering conversation between the two main characters who talk about a variety of subjects. They do NOT talk about

Short Essay Questions

1. Just before he finally leaves in Act I, what does Pozzo observe about leaving? What does he feel he needs to do to be able to leave?

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

3. What does Lucky do to entertain Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo. What is Lucky's name for it and why?

4. In Act II, Pozzo finally decides that he and Lucky must leave. Vladimir asks Pozzo if Lucky can sing for them before he and Lucky leave. What does Pozzo tell Vladimir?

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

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

7. Lucky makes a speech. What does he tell Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo?

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

9. Estragon and Vladimir still want to know why Lucky doesn't put done all the parcels. What does Pozzo finally tell them?

10. Why do you think Beckett uses the moon to illuminate the stage? Remember that moonlight is different than sunlight and that the moon becomes part of the play in the same way that the tree does.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why are Estragon and Vladimir waiting for Godot? What do you think they want? Why do you think they keep waiting? Imagine you have come across Estragon and Vladimir who have told you they are waiting for Godot. Based on what you know after reading the play, would you wait? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Beckett has very few stage directions. He makes a point of describing the rising of the moon. He could have simply relied on a darkening stage to show the coming of night, but he describes the role of the moon. Why might he have done that? How does it contribute to the feeling of the play at that point? How do the stage directions that Beckett did include contribute to the play? Cite specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Did you find any of the dialogue funny? Did anything that happened or was said make you laugh? If so, how do you feel Beckett used humor to make his point? Include examples of dialogue you found humorous.

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