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

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

3. Who are the three speakers in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. Lear refuses to leave the storm and go to safety without whom?

5. If Edmund cannot get his brother disinherited, how much of his father's inheritance will Edmund inherit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What actions of the King does Gloucester fret about in Act I, Scene II?

3. When Edgar leaves Edmund at the end of Act I, Scene II, why does Edmund laugh?

4. When the Duke of Cornwall and Regan commiserate with Gloucester about his traitorous son, what do they suggest was the influence on Edgar?

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

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

7. What warning does Regan ask Oswald to give to Goneril?

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

9. The storm is distracting the King from what?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Blindness is a theme throughout King Lear. Where is this theme in evidence in the play, what different kinds of blindness are present in the play, and how does blindness effect the play? 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, how are Goneril and Regan alike and different in their actions, characteristic, motivations, and reaction to their father?

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