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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Edmund tells his brother that he fears someone has turned Gloucester against him and then tells his brother to do what?

2. Kent repeatedly calls Oswald by what name?

3. While Kent warns the gentleman of the coming conflict between Albany and Cornwall, what are the spies of France doing?

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

5. What does Oswald say after Kent draws his sword?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Edmund's actions when turning his father in to Cornwall indicate that he is dishonest?

2. At the end of the play, why is Lear happy?

3. Gloucester meets the news of Lear and Cordelia's capture with what?

4. What request, by Goneril, drives the King to leave her house?

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

6. How does Cornwall link the villainy in Edmund's family?

7. What plants the seeds of discord between Goneril and Regan?

8. Goneril complains to Oswald about her father's behavior for what reason?

9. In terms of the plot, the description of Cordelia's response to Kent's letter paves the way for what?

10. In terms of the plot, what is Act 5, Scene 2 designed to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways does King Lear symbolize a good king or a bad king, or both? What qualities does he posses that a king should (or should not) possess? What actions does he take that reinforces your opinion? Support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

How does King Lear portray service? Who serves? What sort of authority and relationships are related to service in the play? Does service, as used in the play, belong to family or to the state? Why? Please support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

One of the first things that King Lear does is give up his kingdom. The end result is chaos for England. Using examples from the play, discuss whether you think this was a mistake by King Lear and how the play shows whether this was a mistake by King Lear or not.

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