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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Cordelia refuses to profess her undying love for her father (the King), what does her father do?
(a) Her father hits her.
(b) Her father takes back the jewels.
(c) Her father disowns her.
(d) Her father yells at her.

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

3. Edmund cuts his arm with what weapon after he and Edgar pretend to fight?
(a) A sword.
(b) A knife.
(c) An arrow.
(d) A dagger.

4. Where does Act 1, Scene 5 take place?
(a) In the court before the Duke of Albany's palace.
(b) In the hall of the Duke of Albany's palace.
(c) In the stable of the Duke of Albany's palace.
(d) In the upstairs of the Duke of Albany's palace.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To aide in his disguise, what does Edgar cover his face with?

2. Oswald is what relation to Goneril?

3. Who does Kent ask to "turn thy wheel"?

4. Who protests punishing Kent without the King's consent?

5. Lear refuses to leave the storm and go to safety without whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Gloucester asks Edmund to tell anyone who asks for him that he is sick, but what does Edmund plan to do instead?

2. How is King Lear going to divide up his kingdom?

3. How are Kent's actions in relation to Oswald similar to Cordelia's actions in relation to Lear?

4. Why does Edmund bemoan the fact that he is illegitimate?

5. How does Oswald deny the King's authority in Goneril's house?

6. The Fool's ambiguous statements while he and Lear are wandering in the storm imply that the Fool thinks Lear is what?

7. Why are Goneril and Regan awarded large parts of the kingdom?

8. What information does Kent want the gentleman to take to Dover?

9. What is ironic about Gloucester bemoaning that he was betrayed by his son?

10. Goneril wants King Lear to leave her home and go where?

(see the answer keys)

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