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. The main characters call each other

2. During the first act, Vladimir leaves the stage to go to the bathroom. When Vladimir returns, Estragon tries to start a conversation. He acknowledges that Vladimir is angry and wants the anger to go away. They end up

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

4. When Estragon pushes Vladimir to tell him the story about the Englishman in the brothel, Vladimir

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

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

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. 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.

5. Vladimir asks the boy what Mr. Godot does. How does the boy respond?

6. 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?

7. In Act II, what does Estragon remember about Lucky and Pozzo from the day before and why?

8. What does Pozzo have for dinner and what do Estragon, Vladimir, and Lucky eat?

9. What is different about the tree as the second act opens, and how does this contribute to the mood of the play?

10. What does Estragon decide to do with his boots and why does Vladimir tell him he can't do that?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe each character by creating a "picture" with words. Concentrate on picking the best words to describe each character. Think of words that show how the characters are both different and similar to each other. In other words, what traits do they share, and what traits are unique to each character?

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

Why do you think Beckett created the characters of Pozzo and Lucky the way he did? Do you feel that other characters would have worked better? For instance, Pozzo and Lucky are just as locked in their lives and unable to change as Estragon and Vladimir. Would characters who were happy, contented, and successful made Beckett's message stronger because of the contrast? Why do you feel the way you do?

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