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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Estragon tells Vladimir why he is going to go without shoes, Vladimir asks him if he is going to
2. Finally, toward the end of the play, Vladimir tells Estragon they will hang themselves tomorrow unless
3. The boy claims to work or Mr. Godot by minding the
4. In the dialogue at the beginning of Act II, Vladimir talks Estragon into saying he is happy. Once Estragon makes the statement that he is happy, he asks Vladimir about what they should do now. Vladimir tells him they should
5. What is Estragon's reply when Vladimir tells him he cannot go barefoot in Act 1?
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
Did you find any of the dialogue funny? Did anything that happened or was said make you laugh? If so, how do you feel Beckett used humor to make his point? Include examples of dialogue you found humorous.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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