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

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

3. What is the name of Edmund's legitimate brother?
(a) Ethan.
(b) Edgar.
(c) Edward.
(d) Eric.

4. Gloucester blames the effects of what for affecting relationships?
(a) The planets.
(b) The eclipses.
(c) The stars.
(d) The moon.

5. What event caused the Fool to pine away?
(a) Cordelia leaving for France.
(b) The King going to Goneril's home.
(c) The King leaving his palace.
(d) Cordelia not professing her love for the King.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Goneril, while King Lear is staying with her, how often does King Lear wrong her?

2. While they are walking to the hovel, the Fool utters a prophecy that says what?

3. Kent points out that there is a hovel nearby and asks the King to do what?

4. How many of King Lear's daughters are married?

5. Gloucester tells Edmund there has been a falling out between which two dukes?

Short Essay Questions

1. While King Lear stays with Goneril, what are his knights interfering with?

2. How are Goneril and Regan shown to be disloyal daughters in the play?

3. What is ironic about Goneril's behavior towards her father, while he is at her house?

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

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

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

7. After Regan and Cornwall order Gloucester not to let the King back into the castle, Gloucester tells Edmund that he plans to do what?

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

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

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

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