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 beginning of the first act, while Vladimir is pacing back and forth, Estragon

2. During the first act, when Estragon complains because Vladimir woke him up, Vladimir tells Estragon he woke him up because

3. In Act I, Pozzo tells Estragon and Vladimir that if he were waiting for Godot, he would

4. When Lucky comes on stage for the first time, he is

5. What does Estragon remember about the Bible?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Pozzo wants to rouse Lucky and suggests that someone go and kick him to get his attention. Estragon is reluctant to approach him because the last time he did, Lucky kicked him. What does Vladimir tell Estragon?

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

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

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

6. In Act I, Estragon and Vladimir have a long conversation about waiting for Godot and their helplessness. Finally, Estragon exclaims he is hungry! What food does Vladimir offer Estragon, and what food does he actually produce? Why might Beckett chose these particular foods?

7. 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?

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

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

10. Estragon 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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