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 does Kent ask to "turn thy wheel"?

2. How many suitors does Cordelia have when the King tells them that she will have no dowry?

3. When King Lear gets ready to depart Goneril's house, what is his method of travel?

4. Kent tells the gentleman of a coming conflict between Albany and Cornwall and asks the gentleman to take the report to where?

5. When Edmund tells his brother that his father is horribly angry with him, what does Edmund advise his brother to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 Edmund incite his father into a rage against Edgar?

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

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

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

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

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

Would Edgar would make a good King of England? Why or why not? Please support your answer with examples from the text.

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