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. When Act I opens, Estragon is

2. The two main characters in "Waiting for Godot" are

3. When Estragon and Vladimir first discuss the tree, they notice it is

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

5. When Pozzo wants to sit down toward the end of Act I but needs help. He asks Estragon to

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lucky do to entertain Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo. What is Lucky's name for it and why?

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

3. What happens to the bones after Pozzo has finished eating?

4. Pozzo smokes a pipe after dinner. He tells Estragon and Vladimir that even though the second pipe is sweet, it is not as sweet as the first. Why might Pozzo believes the first pipe is sweeter, and why does Pozzo have the second pipe? What does this contribute to the mood of the play?

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. What do Estragon and Vladimir talk about as the first act is ending, and what actually happens?

8. How does Vladimir claim he would have stopped Estragon from being beaten by the ten men?

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

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

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

Describe each character by creating a "picture" with words. Concentrate on picking the best words to describe each character. Think of words that show how the characters are both different and similar to each other. In other words, what traits do they share, and what traits are unique to each character?

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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