King Lear Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 cuts his arm with what weapon after he and Edgar pretend to fight?

2. What punishment will King Lear's daughters give the Fool for speaking the truth?

3. Who says: "Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise"

4. Instead of calling Edgar mad, Lear gives him what title?

5. Goneril and Regan believe that the King's banishment of the man who defended Cordelia against being disinherited was what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the point of Act 2, Scene 3?

4. What does the letter Edmund has, that is supposedly from Edgar, say?

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

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

7. Why can King Lear's son-in-laws not tell who Lear loves best in the beginning of the play?

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

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

10. Why is King Lear dividing up his kingdom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What character traits of King Lear appear in his daughters and how do these traits affect his relationships with his daughters? Use examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

In the play, King Lear goes mad and recovers. In what ways does King Lear contribute to his madness and recovery, and in what ways is the madness thrust upon him? Support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

There are several words that are repeated throughout King Lear. Choose two of the words from the list below and discuss what their use means to the play and the characters in the play.

-- nature

-- natural

-- nothing

-- bond

-- love

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