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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. As Act I is ending, the boy tells Estragon and Vladimir that Mr. Godot will not come to see them today,
2. Estragon and Vladimir agree that they work well as a team so, in Act II, they decide to work together to
3. Vladimir tells Estragon, at the end of the second act, that if Godot comes,
4. When Vladimir tells Estragon he is happy in Act II, how does Estragon react?
5. What reasoning does Pozzo give Vladimir for the change in Lucky in Act II?
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
There are times that all of us feel as if life is pointless. How did "Waiting for Godot" help you understand that feeling? Did it encourage you because you can see that you are going somewhere in your life, after all, considering what your are doing with your life like going to school and reading plays. Or did it show you that like the characters in the play, you are not doing anything to move your life ahead?
Essay Topic 3
Why do you think Beckett created the characters of Pozzo and Lucky the way he did? Do you feel that other characters would have worked better? For instance, Pozzo and Lucky are just as locked in their lives and unable to change as Estragon and Vladimir. Would characters who were happy, contented, and successful made Beckett's message stronger because of the contrast? Why do you feel the way you do?
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