Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Samuel Beckett
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Samuel Beckett: life and works
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Samuel Beckett was born in ________ in 1906 into a Protestant middle-class family.
2. He went to a boarding school and then to ________ College, Dublin, where he graduated in French and Italian.
3. He moved to ________, where he found work as a lecturer in English, was influenced by Existentialism, and associated with James Joyce and his circle.
4. He decided to settle in Paris in 1937 and it was there that he wrote most of his works first in ________, then translating them into English.
5. He made his debut with short stories and novels, but became world-famous thanks to his ________.
6. He was part of the group of dramatists, including Eugène ________ and Arthur Adamov, who developed the 'Theatre of the Absurd'.
7. They shared the idea that man's life is meaningless and purposeless, and that human beings cannot ________ each other.
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The meaninglessness of time
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Time is meaningless because ________ is at the basis of human existence.
2. In the play there is a ________ pattern to events.
3. Vladimir and Estragon return to the same place each day to ________ for Godot and do not know for how long they will continue to do so.
4. Time is essentially ________ and human life is characterised by suffering.
5. Beckett does not offer any ________ because he believes that every effort to systemise prevents us from understanding the truth.
6. The novel seems to arrive at the conclusion that there is no ________, but Beckett leaves the question open.
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Samuel Beckett: works
Match Beckett's works with their correct description.

1. A monologue about the impossibility for a man to find an identity: ________
2. A play where the characters are reduced to motionless individuals: ________
3. A play showing how human life has become mere sounds, or even silence: ________
4. A play whose protagonists, the tramps Vladimir and Estragon, became the emblems of the Absurd: ________
5. A play dealing with the dissolution of the relationship between the physical and the intellectual sides of man at the moment of his death: ________
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Waiting for Godot: plot
Read the text below and find the five mistakes in it.

Waiting for Godot is a play in three acts and starts in medias res. The two main characters are the tramps Vladimir and Golia, who call each other 'Didi' and 'Gogo'. At the beginning of the play they are waiting on a city road for Godot, who does not show up. Then the mysterious Godot sends a boy to inform them that he is not coming but will come the following day. In the meantime, the tramps are exposed to cold, hunger and pain. Even though they quarrel and consider separating and even committing crimes, they remain dependent on each other and in the end do not take any decision. On the other hand, the characters of Pozzo and Lucas make continuous purposeless journeys to fill their lives. At the end of the play the two tramps are still there, waiting for Godot.
Trova erroreTrova errore
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Waiting for Godot: setting
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Waiting for Godot describes a precise period in Beckett's life.
B: It has no development in time.
C: It portrays a repetitive meaningless present.
D: It presents a world where there seems to be no past or future.
E: It has many settings and goes back and forth in time.
F: It has no setting but a country road and a bare tree.
G: It employs the setting as a metaphor for the modern metropolis.
Vero o falsoVero o falso
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Waiting for Godot: structure
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. The play unit effect is given by the ________ of the two acts.
2. The stage is divided in two halves by the ________.
3. The characters' ________ are symmetrical.
4. Both tramps take off their hat when they have to think, while Lucky and ________ do the opposite.
5. The human race is divided into two, Didi and Gogo, then into four, in the ________ between Didi-Gogo and Pozzo-Lucky.
6. The world is again divided into two, mankind and ________, when the boy arrives.
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Waiting for Godot: characters
The following features refer either to Vladimir or to Estragon. Choose the correct alternative.
A: He serves as a reminder for his friend of all the things they have done together.
B: He struggles to find games to pass the time.
C: He is a dreamer.
D: He establishes his friend's identity by remembering for him.
E: He is the more practical character.
Domande in serieDomande in serie
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Waiting for Godot: characters
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. The play has ________ characters in the traditional sense.
2. The two protagonists, Vladimir and Estragon, are ________ described as tramps.
3. They are two human beings ________ the self, the world and God.
4. They are ________, representing different aspects of a single whole.
5. Since the passing of time is their mutual occupation, they engage in insulting one another, creating a ________ atmosphere.
6. Pozzo and Lucky are physically linked to each other by a ________.
7. They have a tyrannical relationship of master and servant, where Lucky stands for the power of the mind and Pozzo represents the power of the ________.
Completamento chiusoCompletamento chiuso
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Waiting for Godot: themes
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The routine of the two tramps is pervaded by a grotesque humour.
B: Beckett's main assumption is that man's knowledge has made him aware of the uselessness of his learning.
C: This assumption is expressed with a light irony.
D: Beckett perceives the meaninglessness of human life.
E: Even though he thinks that time is a series of senseless events, he is optimistic about man's future.
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Waiting for Godot: style
Tick the words or phrases related to Waiting for Godot's style.
A: Informal language.
B: Formal language.
C: Articulated dialogue.
D: Para-verbal language.
E: Meaningful repetitions.
F: Silences.
G: Gaps.
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