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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who says: "Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise"
(a) Goneril.
(b) The Fool.
(c) King Lear.
(d) Regan.

2. How does Edmund characterize the belief that people having in the stars and planets ruling their lives?
(a) As preposterous.
(b) As genuine.
(c) As superstitious.
(d) As truth.

3. What does Kent give to the gentleman to show Cordelia?
(a) His seal.
(b) A necklace.
(c) A letter.
(d) A ring.

4. Gloucester tells Edmund to say what if someone asks about Gloucester?
(a) That Gloucester is sick.
(b) That Gloucester is not home.
(c) That Gloucester is away.
(d) That Gloucester is out of town.

5. Which character does the line "when old fools are babes again" refer to?
(a) Duke of Albany.
(b) King Lear.
(c) The Fool.
(d) King of France.

6. Regan and Goneril tell Lear that he is what type of a man?
(a) Selfish.
(b) Old.
(c) Mad.
(d) Crazy.

7. Edmund is going to betray Gloucester in order to do what?
(a) Gain more for himself.
(b) Get married to Cordelia.
(c) Get Gloucester's land.
(d) Be selfish.

8. What sound precedes the King's entrance into a scene?
(a) Footfalls.
(b) Hoofbeats.
(c) A herald's announcement.
(d) Horns.

9. In Act I, Scene 3, what are the names of the characters who speak?
(a) King Lear and Oswald.
(b) King Lear and Goneril.
(c) Goneril, Oswald, and King Lear.
(d) Goneril and Oswald.

10. While Kent warns the gentleman of the coming conflict between Albany and Cornwall, what are the spies of France doing?
(a) Causing trouble.
(b) Gathering information.
(c) Sabotage.
(d) Sowing discord.

11. What room in the house does Act I, Scene 4 take place?
(a) The entrance.
(b) The dining room.
(c) The hall.
(d) The ballroom.

12. When Kent says: "but you have that in your countenance which I would fain call master," what quality is he referring to?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Royalty.
(c) Knowledge.
(d) Authority.

13. Kent comes to King Lear in disguise and offers his services in what position?
(a) A servant.
(b) A fighter.
(c) An advisor.
(d) A nobleman.

14. Where is King Lear going to go when he leaves Goneril's house?
(a) Regan's house.
(b) His summer home.
(c) His palace.
(d) France.

15. Who protests punishing Kent without the King's consent?
(a) Gloucester.
(b) Goneril.
(c) Oswald.
(d) Edmund.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the three speakers in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. When Lear bemoans his treatment at Goneril's house, what does Regan say?

3. While King Lear is staying with Goneril, she complains that his knights are doing what?

4. Gloucester orders Edgar captured and killed because Gloucester thinks Edgar did what to Edmund?

5. While King Lear is staying with Goneril, how does she command her servants to treat the King and his people?

(see the answer keys)

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