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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 Act I opens, Estragon is
2. After all of the men say goodbye many times toward the end of Act 1, Pozzo and Lucky
3. At times throughout the play, both Estragon and Vladimir talk about leaving the place where they are waiting, but they do not. Why not?
4. Upon first encountering Pozzo, Estragon wants to know if he is
5. Vladimir looks for a note about when Godot is to come in
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Lucky do to entertain Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo. What is Lucky's name for it and why?
2. What is the subject of Vladimir's song, and why do you think Beckett used this particular song?
3. 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?
4. After Estragon and Vladimir talk about the tree, Estragon falls asleep. He is abruptly awakened by Vladimir. When he tries to tell Vladimir about a dream he was having, Vladimir is adamant that he not talk about it. Why do you think Vladimir is so vehement in his reaction?
5. What do Estragon and Vladimir talk about as the first act is ending, and what actually happens?
6. Vladimir asks Estragon if he has ever read the Bible. What does Estragon tell him?
7. 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?
8. What does Estragon do to Lucky later in Act I to get revenge for what Lucky did to him earlier?
9. What does Pozzo tell Estragon and Vladimir about tears and laughter?
10. 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?
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
There is almost nothing on the stage with the actors. There are very few props. How do you think this contributes to the overall feeling of the play? Why do you think Beckett used a bare tree on the stage? Why do you think that in the second act it has a few leaves? What point was Beckett trying to make, and how do you think it contributed to his overall message?
Essay Topic 3
Use words to paint a picture of the setting of the play. Talk about how this setting contributes to the message Samuel Becket is trying to send to the reader. There is little mention of lighting and sound, but describe how you think lighting and sound could enhance the feeling of the play. Describe how you would design the set, lighting, and sound if you were directing this play.
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