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. Who delivers King Lear's letter to his other daughter, while the King is at Goneril's?

2. Who is the protagonist in the play?

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

4. What is the name of Edmund's legitimate brother?

5. King Lear is trying to find his fool who has been missing for how long?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Instead of explaining why he attacked Oswald, what does Kent say?

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

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

9. Why is King Lear dividing up his kingdom?

10. The Fools says who will whip him and for what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shakespeare wrote this play centuries ago. Why is this play still relevant today? Are there any themes or messages in the play that are timeless and universal? Please use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What role does nature play in King Lear? 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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