King Lear Test | Final 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. What has to happen in order for Edgar to be reunited with his father?

2. How does Edmund die?

3. How does Goneril die?

4. The man who leads the blind Earl of Gloucester into the heath claims what relationship to the Earl?

5. On the battlefield, Edgar sets Gloucester by a tree and tells him to pray for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who opposes Albany's position with the King?

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

3. Albany already sympathizes with the King. What action by Goneril is likely to make him turn completely against her?

4. When Edgar sees that his father is blind, what does he offer to do?

5. What does Cordelia consider her father to be suffering from?

6. The comments of the servants to Regan after Gloucester is blinded indicate what?

7. Gloucester meets the news of Lear and Cordelia's capture with what?

8. How does Cornwall punish Gloucester for his villainy?

9. What does Edgar mean when he says "Yet better thus, and known to be contemned, Than still contemned and flattered."

10. How does Edgar use his father's blindness to trick him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Animals are used in the play to describe various characters. Why does Shakespeare use animals to describe the characters instead of something else? What theme does this connect to? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Who are the villains in the play, and why are they villains? What characteristics do they posses and actions do they take to show they are villains? Use the text to provide support for your answers.

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