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. After Estragon's leg is hurt, what does Pozzo tell him?

2. While relaxing and smoking his pipe, Pozzo makes the philosophical observation that the second pipe

3. What is the most significant thing on the stage? It is talked about several times during the play.

4. In the first act, after Estragon falls asleep, Vladimir

5. In the first act, Estragon exclaims that Vladimir smells of

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Estragon reply to Vladimir's statement that he can't go barefoot?

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

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

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

7. 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?

8. What is the subject of Vladimir's song, and why do you think Beckett used this particular song?

9. Estragon and Vladimir talk about the crucifixion of Christ and, later, about offering a prayer or supplication to Godot. Why might Beckett reveal this vague connection between God and Godot?

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

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

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?

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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