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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Vladimir tries to talk to Estragon about what happened the day before with the tree and Pozzo and Lucky, Estragon tells him
2. When the boy comes toward the end of the second act, Vladimir asks him if he has seen anybody. The boy tells him
3. Estragon falls asleep again in Act II, and, again, Vladimir wakes him up. Estragon asks Vladimir
4. As the boy is about to leave at the end of Act I, he asks Vladimir what he should tell Mr. Godot. Vladimir tells him to tell Mr. Godot that
5. At the end of Act I, Vladimir asks the boy where he sleeps, and the boy tells him that
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Does Godot exist? Why do you feel the way you do? Is there any supporting evidence in the play? If you feel that Godot does exist, is Godot God? Why do you feel the way you do?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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