Act I, Section A-1: Questions and Answers
1. When and where does this play take place?
2. Describe Estragon.
3. Describe Vladimir.
4. How are the men alike? How are they different?
5. Where did Estragon spend the night? What happened to him there?
6. What method of suicide does Vladimir suggest? Why wouldn’t it work?
7. Why does Vladimir stop himself from laughing?
8. Vladimir and Estragon remember two different parts of the Gospels. Describe each one.
9. What is the matter with Estragon’s foot?
10. “Nothing to be done” is repeated two times in this section. In each case, who says it and why?
1. The play takes place in the evening, on a country road by a tree.
2. Estragon was once a poet, and is dressed in rags and boots. He has sore feet and he limps. He is lighter than Vladimir.
3. Vladimir walks stiffly, with his legs apart. He has trouble with his bladder, and is in pain. He is wearing a hat.
4. The men are about the same age and from similar backgrounds. They seem to be in the same financial straits. Estragon seems more vulnerable and less practical than Vladimir.
5. Estragon spent the night in a ditch, where he was beaten by strangers.
6. Vladimir contemplates jumping down from the Eiffel Tower, hand-in-hand with Estragon. While it might have worked years ago, now they would not be allowed to go up to the top of the tower.
7. Vladimir has pain when he laughs, because of his bladder.
8. Vladimir remembers the story of the two thieves who were crucified at the same time as Jesus. One was supposed to have been saved, and the other one damned. Estragon remembers the maps of the Holy Land.
9. His foot is swollen and sore. His boot doesn’t fit.
10. Estragon says it about his boot. Vladimir says it about his hat.
Act I, Section A-2: Questions and Answers
1. Who are Vladimir and Estragon waiting for? Why?
2. Where does Estragon think the men were yesterday?
3. What are the nicknames of the characters?
4. Why does Estragon pull away from Vladimir when they embrace?
5. Why does Estragon want to hang himself “immediately?”
6. Why won’t Estragon and Vladimir hang themselves?
7. What will Godot have to do before he promises them anything?
8. What food does Vladimir have in his pocket?
9. What is the difference in the way Estragon and Vladimir approach food?
10. Estragon repeats “Nothing to be done.” Why?
1. They are waiting for someone named Godot, because he told them to wait for him. They hope he will help them in some way.
2. Estragon thinks they were exactly in the same place yesterday.
3. Estragon is called Gogo; Vladimir is called Didi.
4. Estragon pulls away because Vladimir has bad breath from the garlic he eats.
5. Estragon wants to hang himself because Vladimir suggests it would give him an erection.
6. There isn’t any way they could hang themselves without one of the men remaining alive.
7. Godot will have to consult with his family, friends, agents, correspondents, books, and bank account.
8. Vladimir has turnips and a carrot in his pocket.
9. Estragon thinks the more food he eats, the worse it tastes. Vladimir feels the more he eats, the better it gets.
10. There is nothing to be done about his or Estragon’s essential character.
Act I, Section A-3: Questions and Answers
1. How are Vladimir and Estragon feeling when Lucky and Pozzo enter?
2. What are Vladimir and Estragon holding when they enter?
3. How does Pozzo describe Lucky when they arrive?
4. Who does Estragon think Pozzo is?
5. What other names do the men associate with the name “Pozzo?”
6. Why does Pozzo burst into “an enormous laugh?”
7. Why does Pozzo conclude that Estragon and Vladimir have the right to be on his property?
8. Why is Pozzo happy to see the two men?
9. Why can’t Lucky hold the whip in his hand?
10. What possessions does Pozzo seem to be travelling with?
1. They are frightened, “huddled together, shoulders hunched, cringing away.”
2. Pozzo is holding the end of a rope that is around Lucky’s neck. Lucky is carrying a heavy load of baggage.
3. Pozzo says that Lucky is wicked with strangers.
4. Estragon thinks Pozzo is Godot.
5. Estragon thinks he is saying his name is “Booz.” Vladimir remembers a family named “Gozzo.”
6. Pozzo thinks it is funny that he Estragon and Vladimir can be classified as humans, like himself, “Made in God’s image.”
7. Pozzo says that while he owns the property, the road is public property.
8. He is happy to see them because he has been travelling for a long time without seeing anyone.
9. Lucky’s hands are filled with the bag, basket, and stool.
10. Pozzo has a bag, basket, stool, coat, whip, glasses, watch, and slave.
Act I, Section A-4: Questions and Answers
1. Once seated, what does Pozzo do?
2. What are Lucky’s physical characteristics?
3. What does Pozzo do after he eats?
4. What does Estragon want from Pozzo?
5. What does Vladimir think about Pozzo’s treatment of Lucky?
6. Why does Pozzo want to meet Godot?
7. Why doesn’t Lucky put down his bags?
8. Why does Pozzo want to get rid of Lucky?
9. Who cries in this section and why?
10. Why does Pozzo think the sky is so extraordinary?
1. Once seated, Pozzo drinks his wine and eats his chicken.
2. Lucky has a running sore on his neck. He is good looking, but effeminate. He drools, and his eyes bulge.
3. After he eats, Pozzo smokes his pipe.
4. Estragon wants the bones from Pozzo’s chicken.
5. Vladimir thinks that the way Pozzo treats Lucky is scandalous.
6. Pozzo wants to meet Godot, because he feels the more people he meets, the happier he becomes.
7. Lucky doesn’t put down his bags because he wants to impress Pozzo with the amount of work he can do. He doesn’t want Pozzo to get rid of him.
8. Pozzo wants to sell Lucky at the fair for money. He is no longer worth anything to him. Instead of kicking Lucky out, he wants to offer Lucky up for sale.
9. Lucky cries because he does not want to be sold. Estragon cries out in pain because Lucky kicks him in the shin. Pozzo cries because of his good memories of Lucky.
10. Pozzo thinks the sky is extraordinary because of the way it changes color throughout the day. He also is impressed with the way it suddenly changes to create night.
Act I, Section A-5: Questions and Answers
1. How does Estragon want Pozzo to repay him for being “civil” to him?
2. What does Pozzo suggest as repayment?
3. What does Estragon want Lucky to do? What does Vladimir want Lucky to do?
4. What is Estragon’s reaction to Lucky’s dance?
5. What is the name of Lucky’s dance? Why does he call it that?
6. Why did Lucky finally put down his bags?
7. Before Lucky thinks, what does he need?
8. How do Estragon, Vladimir, and Pozzo react to Lucky’s speech?
9. How do they get him to stop?
10. At the end of this section, what has Pozzo misplaced? Where does he think it may be?
1. Estragon wants Pozzo to repay him with money; first ten francs, then five.
2. Pozzo suggests that he have Lucky perform for them, either dance, or sing, or think, or recite.
3. Estragon wants Lucky to dance; Vladimir wants Lucky to think.
4. Estragon is disappointed in the dance; he thinks he can do as well. He tries, but fails.
5. Lucky calls the dance, “The Net,” because he thinks of himself entangled in a net.
6. He put down his bags in order to dance.
7. Before he can think, he needs to have his hat on his head.
8. All three men get more and more agitated during Lucky’s speech. They all try to get him to stop.
9. At long last, they get him to stop by removing his hat.
10. Pozzo can’t find his watch or half-hunter that his Grandfather gave him. He thinks he left it at home.
Act I, Section A-6: Questions and Answers
1. How does Vladimir sum up Lucky and Pozzo’s visit?
2. Why does Vladimir think he knows the visitors?
3. Why does Estragon “hobble?”
4. Who enters next?
5. What does he want?
6. Why did he hesitate before speaking up?
7. How is Estragon feeling at this point in the play?
8. What does the boy say about himself?
9. What does Estragon do with his boots? Why?
10. Why does Estragon compare himself to Christ?
1. Vladimir says it helped pass the time.
2. Vladimir thinks that he has seen Pozzo and Lucky before. He thinks they have changed from the last time he saw them.
3. Estragon is having trouble with both of his feet now.
4. A boy enters.
5. The boy wants to give them a message from Godot. Godot will not be there today. He will arrive tomorrow.
6. He hesitated because he was afraid of Lucky and Pozzo. He was afraid of the whip and the roars.
7. Estragon says he is unhappy.
8. The boy says he works for Godot, as a goatherd, and has a brother, who works as a shepherd. His brother gets beaten by Godot, but he doesn’t.
9. Estragon takes off his boots, and leaves them on the ground. He hopes someone with smaller feet will find them and wear them.
10. Estragon thinks he is like Christ because he too walks barefoot. He says he always compares himself to Christ.
Act II, Section B-1: Questions and Answers
1. Where and when does Act II begin?
2. What does Vladimir do when he enters?
3. What is Vladimir’s reaction to seeing Estragon?
4. What is Estragon’s reaction to seeing Vladimir?
5. What happened to Estragon in the night?
6. What does Vladimir remember about the tree?
7. What does Estragon say about his memory?
8. What country does Estragon think they are in now? What country does Vladimir remember?
9. Why does Estragon think they need to keep talking?
10. Why are the two men there again?
1. Act II begins in the same place on the next day.
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Act II , Section B-2: Questions and Answers
1. What does Vladimir notice about the tree?
2. What does Vladimir remember?
3. What does Estragon remember?
4. What does Estragon say about the boots?
5. What is different about the food Vladimir has in his pocket now compared with the food he had in A-2?
6. What is different about the boots?
7. How does Vladimir try to help Estragon get sleep?
8. What has Lucky left behind? What do they do with it?
9. Who plays Lucky? Who plays Pozzo?
10. What insults do they hurl at each other?
1. Vladimir notices that the tree, which seemed dead before, has grown leaves.
(The entire section is 222 words.)
Act II, Section B-3: Questions and Answers
1. What physical changes are apparent in Lucky and Pozzo?
2. What happens when they first enter?
3. What does Pozzo keep asking for?
4. Who does Estragon think it is?
5. What does Estragon want from Pozzo?
6. What two things does Vladimir suggest may occur?
7. How does Estragon summarize Vladimir’s rhetoric?
8. How does Pozzo try to get the men to help him?
9. What happens when Vladimir tries to help Pozzo get up? What happens to Estragon when he tries to help Vladimir?
10. How are all four characters alike at the end of this section?
1. The rope that connects...
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Act II, Section B-4: Questions and Answers
1. Where are the men at the beginning of this section?
2. What does Estragon want to do now?
3. What does Vladimir do to Pozzo?
4. What does Pozzo do?
5. What names does Estragon use to call Pozzo?
6. After Estragon and Vladimir get up, what do they decide to do?
7. Why is Pozzo asking about the time?
8. How does Pozzo suggest that Estragon go about rousing Lucky?
9. What does Estragon do?
10. Why can’t Lucky entertain the men as before?
1. The men are all on the ground.
2. Estragon wants to take a nap.
3. Vladimir hits Pozzo.
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Act II, Section B-5: Questions and Answers
1. What happens to Pozzo and Lucky after they leave?
2. What was Estragon’s feeling in his dream?
3. What event has Estragon forgotten?
4. What does Vladimir know about Estragon’s character?
5. Who arrives?
6. What is the difference between the way the boy delivers the message this time and the way it was done in A-6?
7. What happened to the boy’s brother?
8. What new facts about Godot does the boy reveal?
9. What does Vladimir say will happen if the men forget about Godot?
10. What will they do when they return tomorrow?
1. After they leave, they fall down....
(The entire section is 201 words.)