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. Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that the reason Lucky won't put the packages down is that Lucky wants to

2. After eating and disposing of the chicken bones, Pozzo finally decides to relax and

3. After all of the men say goodbye many times toward the end of Act 1, Pozzo and Lucky

4. When Pozzo asks Estragon what his name is, what name does Estragon give?

5. When Pozzo tells Estragon to give Lucky his hat so Lucky can entertain them, Estragon says

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Estragon and Vladimir still want to know why Lucky doesn't put done all the parcels. What does Pozzo finally tell them?

3. What are Estragon and Vladimir doing when the play finally ends?

4. The set is very bare with the exception of one significant thing. What is it, and why do you think Beckett used this particular thing?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. After the discussion about radishes in Act II, what does Vladimir suggest he and Estragon do to pass the time?

8. What happens when Estragon tries to help Lucky when is is crying?

9. How does Estragon react in Act II when he decided to kick Lucky and ended up hurting his foot in the process?

10. Who are the five characters in "Waiting for Godot?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How well do you think Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot," would work as a radio play? Is it critical for the play to be seen, or is it powerful enough to carry Beckett's message with sound alone. Keep in mind Beckett's use of silence (stage directions showing delayed responses) and how that would work on the radio as well as the few things that Beckett does make use of like the tree, the moon, changes in lighting, the hats, Estragon's boots, etc.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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