THETR 266:

R & G Are Dead

Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in two or three typed pages. Use one inch margins and 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on all sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.

Include a typical MLA header with the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Read the question carefully and be sure to answer all parts of a question completely.


1)     What other playwrights have we studied this semester whose influence can be seen in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead? How has Stoppard made use of their techniques and ideas for his own use

2)     Flipping coins, “To be or not to be”, “I'm trying to determine which way the wind is blowing”, “. . . if you look on every exit being an entrance somewhere else.”, “the sun's going down, or the earth's going up.” etc. : What's all this about? Why all the opposites and word play?