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 conversation about Lucky and the packages, Pozzo yanks on the rope to get his attention and calls him a

2. When Estragon complains that he will never walk again, Vladimir tells Estragon that, if necessary, he will

3. After Pozzo finishes eating, what does Pozzo ask Lucky?

4. During the conversation in Act I, after telling Estragon and Vladimir how terrible Lucky is, Pozzo

5. According to Pozzo, Lucky calls the performance he gives at the end of Act I

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Before the boy leaves at the end of Act II, what does Vladimir ask him to do?

5. In Act I, when Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that he has to leave and keep to his schedule, what does Vladimir tell him?

6. How does the idea of hanging and Estragon and Vladimir's inability to come up with a workable plan contribute to the atmosphere of the play?

7. Estragon and Vladimir have a second conversation about radishes and carrots. How does the conversation differ from the one in Act I and why might Beckett includes this second conversation?

8. After Estragon and Vladimir talk about the fact that Estragon got beaten again, Vladimir finally notices the tree. They have another discussion about the tree. What is interesting to note about Vladimir's observation versus the reality of the tree?

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

10. When Pozzo wants to sit down in Act I, what does he ask Estragon to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Which character do you feel you are most like or unlike? Which of your personality characteristics and the personality characteristics of the character you chose support your belief?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think Beckett uses the character of the boy to bring word from Godot? Does this "prove" Godot exists? Is the boy real or part of a delusion shared by Estragon and Vladimir? After all, Estragon, especially, questions the accuracy of his memory.

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