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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the boy tell Vladimir about Mr. Godot on the second day?
2. After talking about leaving in the second act, Estragon finally does leave but comes back immediately because
3. When Estragon says he doesn't know why he was beaten at the beginning of Act II, Vladimir tells him
4. When Estragon wakes up in Act II, disoriented by a nightmare, Vladimir
5. Who does Vladimir suggest he and Estragon pretend to be or fun in Act II?
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
There is almost nothing on the stage with the actors. There are very few props. How do you think this contributes to the overall feeling of the play? Why do you think Beckett used a bare tree on the stage? Why do you think that in the second act it has a few leaves? What point was Beckett trying to make, and how do you think it contributed to his overall message?
Essay Topic 3
Which character do you feel you are most like or unlike? Which of your personality characteristics and the personality characteristics of the character you chose support your belief?
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