Final Test - Hard
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This quiz 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
Why do you think Beckett uses the character of the boy to bring word from Godot? Does this "prove" Godot exists? Is the boy real or part of a delusion shared by Estragon and Vladimir? After all, Estragon, especially, questions the accuracy of his memory.
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.
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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