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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. 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) Hold onto them.
(b) Use them to benefit their children.
(c) Give them to the younger men.
(d) Give them to the poor.

2. Edmund tells his brother that he fears someone has turned Gloucester against him and then tells his brother to do what?
(a) Arm himself.
(b) Issue a challenge.
(c) Find out who the informant is.
(d) Leave quickly.

3. Kent repeatedly calls Oswald by what name?
(a) Knave.
(b) Rat.
(c) Slave.
(d) Pig.

4. How many daughters does King Lear have?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) One.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the protagonist in the play?

2. Where does Act 1, Scene 5 take place?

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

4. What sound precedes the King's entrance into a scene?

5. Who says, "Here's a night pities neither wise man nor fool"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What actions of the King does Gloucester fret about in Act I, Scene II?

2. Before Lear and his retinue depart for Regan's house, what does the Fool tell Lear?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Lear feels like he has lost his identity at Goneril's house for what reason?

10. How does Edmund incite his father into a rage against Edgar?

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