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. During the course of the play, Estragon and Vladimir encounter two people who are traveling together, Pozzo and Lucky. It is clear that

2. In Act I, when Vladimer and Estragon first encounter Pozzo and Lucky, Vladimir moves towards Lucky, but Pozzo says Lucky is

3. 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

4. During the first part of Act I, Estragon keeps looking for something that he doesn't find in what?

5. What is the fundamental relationship between Pozzo and Lucky?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. After Estragon and Vladimir help Pozzo get up in Act II, Pozzo asks them if they are his friends. How do Estragon and Vladimir respond?

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

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. 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.

8. When Vladimir finds Estragon's boots in Act II, what does Estragon say about the boots?

9. In Act II, while Pozzo is obviously in distress and asking for help, what are Estragon and Vladimir doing? Pozzo keeps calling for help and finally offers what to Estragon and Vladimir?

10. Briefly describe the relationship between Lucky and Pozzo.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that Beckett had each character wear a hat (bowler)? Was this effective in portraying a message or carrying a theme? Why or why not? How else does Beckett use clothing, like Estragon's boots, to provide depth to his characters and the play's message?

Essay Topic 2

Estragon is beaten during the two nights the play covers. He seems to accept the beatings as a part of life. What do you think Beckett was trying to say? Keep in mind that when Vladimir tells Estragon he would have stopped the beating, he doesn't mean that he would have stopped the people who beat Estragon, but that he would stop Estragon from doing whatever he had done to antagonize those who beat him.

Essay Topic 3

Many lines of dialogue consist of single words or very brief sentences. How does this approach to dialogue affect the mood of the play, and what does it tell you about the characters, especially Estragon and Vladimir?

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