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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. During the beginning of the first act, while Vladimir is pacing back and forth, Estragon
2. 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
3. The main characters call each other
4. When Pozzo first introduces himself, he tells Estragon and Vladimir that they are
5. In the first act, after Estragon falls asleep, Vladimir
Short Essay Questions
1. Vladimir asks Estragon if he has ever read the Bible. What does Estragon tell him?
2. How does Vladimir claim he would have stopped Estragon from being beaten by the ten men?
3. After Pozzo leaves in Act I, a boy enters the stage with information for Estragon and Vladimir. Vladimir asks the boy if he is the same boy who came yesterday. What does the boy tell them, and what is his explanation for being late?
4. Estragon and Vladimir have a second conversation about radishes and carrots. How does the conversation differ from the one in Act I and why might Beckett includes this second conversation?
5. Pozzo and Lucky perform a repetitive behavior that serves to demonstrate the kind of relationship they have. It drives home the point that they are incapable of changing the course of their lives. Lucky's suffering is apparent. Briefly explain what Lucky's part is in the "dance" between them. Pozzo's "servitude" is not as apparent, but it does exist. Explain how Pozzo is just as helpless and frustrated in his relationship with Lucky.
6. When Estragon complains about Lucky's response to his attempted kindness, Pozzo reminds him about what?
7. 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?
8. Lucky makes a speech. What does he tell Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo?
9. How does Estragon react in Act II when he decided to kick Lucky and ended up hurting his foot in the process?
10. Toward the end of Act II, after Pozzo and Lucky leave, the boy returns. Vladimir asks the boy if he recognizes him. How does the boy respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Which character do you feel you are most like or unlike? Which of your personality characteristics and the personality characteristics of the character you chose support your belief?
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