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. The stage directions have the battle between the English and the French taking place where?

3. People who see Gloucester's crippled condition are turning against whom?

4. How does Edgar lead the blind Gloucester from the heath to the cliffs?

5. Who gives Edmund the office of Earl of Gloucester?

Short Essay Questions

1. In terms of the plot, the description of Cordelia's response to Kent's letter paves the way for what?

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

3. At the end of the play, why is Lear happy?

4. While Lear and his party are in the farmhouse, what action does Lear take that makes him appear to be suffering from madness?

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

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

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

8. In terms of the plot, what is Act 5, Scene 2 designed to do?

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

10. How does Cornwall link the villainy in Edmund's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several words that are repeated throughout King Lear. Choose two of the words from the list below and discuss what their use means to the play and the characters in the play.

-- nature

-- natural

-- nothing

-- bond

-- love

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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