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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. Before leaving Goneril's house, what does the Fool warn King Lear about?
(a) Not to leave Goneril's in haste.
(b) Not to expect better treatment by his other daughter.
(c) To not let Goneril be mad at him.
(d) Not treating people better.

2. Who says, "Here's a night pities neither wise man nor fool"?
(a) Gloucester.
(b) The Fool.
(c) The King.
(d) Kent.

3. The paper Edmund has, which he is going to show to Gloucester as proof of his brother's treachery, says that the older generation should do what with their riches?
(a) Give them to the younger men.
(b) Use them to benefit their children.
(c) Give them to the poor.
(d) Hold onto them.

4. Goneril and Regan believe that the King's banishment of the man who defended Cordelia against being disinherited was what?
(a) Logical.
(b) Rash.
(c) Sound.
(d) Hasty.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Regan and Goneril tell Lear that he is what type of a man?

2. By what title does Oswald refer to Goneril as in Act I, Scene 3?

3. Why does Edmund want his legitimate brother disinherited?

4. Who says: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child"

5. How much love does Cordelia say she will give her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Duke of Cornwall and Regan commiserate with Gloucester about his traitorous son, what do they suggest was the influence on Edgar?

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

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

4. When Edgar leaves Edmund at the end of Act I, Scene II, why does Edmund laugh?

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

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

7. When Kent meets with the gentleman on the heath, what does Kent give the gentleman and what is it supposed to do?

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

9. When Lear arrives at Regan's castle, what is one of the actions Regan takes to show that she is selfish?

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

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