Final Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Act II, Estragon remembers some of the things that happened the day before including:
2. Finally, toward the end of the play, Vladimir tells Estragon they will hang themselves tomorrow unless
3. Vladimir realizes Estragon has been beaten again and tells him he wouldn't have let "them" beat Estragon because he would
4. Vladimir tells Estragon, at the end of the second act, that if Godot comes,
5. After Estragon and Vladimir help Pozzo stand up in Act II, Pozzo asks Estragon and Vladimir if they are friends of his. They tell him
Essay Topic 1
Estragon is beaten during the two nights the play covers. He seems to accept the beatings as a part of life. What do you think Beckett was trying to say? Keep in mind that when Vladimir tells Estragon he would have stopped the beating, he doesn't mean that he would have stopped the people who beat Estragon, but that he would stop Estragon from doing whatever he had done to antagonize those who beat him.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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