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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. In Act I, Scene 3, what are the names of the characters who speak?

2. To whom is Gloucester loyal?

3. Gloucester orders Edgar captured and killed because Gloucester thinks Edgar did what to Edmund?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Cordelia respond to Kent's letter, according to the gentleman?

5. What are some of the steps Edgar takes to disguise himself?

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

9. Goneril wants King Lear to leave her home and go where?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 4, Scene 6 we are told that there is reason in madness. Using examples from the play, discuss the truth or falsehood of this statement.

Essay Topic 3

How does the role of the Fool emphasize and/or relieve the tragedy of the play? Support your reasoning with examples from the play.

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