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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. Which character does the line "when old fools are babes again" refer to?

2. After Lear laments his ungrateful daughters, what begins?

3. When Lear bemoans his treatment at Goneril's house, what does Regan say?

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

5. How many daughters does King Lear have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What act of nature is ravaging the earth and Lear?

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

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

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

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

10. The storm is distracting the King from what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the definition of a hero? Using examples from the play, is there a hero in King Lear? If so, who is it and why? If not, why is there no hero in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the text, what are the connections between the main plot and the subplot in the play?

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