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. In Act I, when Pozzo first sees Estragon and Vladimir as he is entering the stage, he

2. After tormenting Lucky awhile, Pozzo decides to eat. In his belongings he has

3. After Lucky reacts to Estragon's attempt to make him feel better, Estragon then reacts by

4. Estragon tells Vladimir that if they try to hang themselves

5. Pozzo treats Lucky like a

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. 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?

4. When Estragon complains about Lucky's response to his attempted kindness, Pozzo reminds him about what?

5. 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?

6. How does Estragon reply to Vladimir's statement that he can't go barefoot?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot," is considered part of the Theater of the Absurd. Theater of the Absurd writers joined existential (relating to existence) philosophy with dramatic action and characters to show how "absurd" life could be. Find at least three examples of absurd actions or dialogue, describe the examples, and explain why you think they show the absurdity of life.

Essay Topic 2

Twice, Estragon awakes from a dream. Both times, he tries to tell Vladimir about the dream, but Vladimir refuses to listen. Why do you feel that Vladimir doesn't want to hear Estragon's dreams? What do you think Beckett was trying to say about dreams, and how do you think this contributes to Beckett's story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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