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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the beginning of Act II, Vladimir sings a song about a
2. How is the tree different in Act II?
3. Estragon and Vladimir talk about what time it is in the middle of the second act. Pozzo keeps begging them to tell him if it is
4. As they are preparing to leave at the end of Act I, Estragon looks at the tree and tells Vladimir that
5. In Act II, Vladimir gives Estragon a radish,
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Do you feel that Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" has a message for today's readers? Why or why not? If so, what do you think the message is? What action or dialogue supports this message? Did reading "Waiting for Godot" make a difference in your life? Did you learn something about yourself and your feeling about your life?
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
Use words to paint a picture of the setting of the play. Talk about how this setting contributes to the message Samuel Becket is trying to send to the reader. There is little mention of lighting and sound, but describe how you think lighting and sound could enhance the feeling of the play. Describe how you would design the set, lighting, and sound if you were directing this play.
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