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 emotion does Edgar feel when he sees that his father is blind?

2. Lear says that wickedness is only punished in the poor and that wickedness isn't punished in the rich because they are protected by what?

3. Edgar stops in the middle of what area when he tells Gloucester that they are on a cliff?

4. Edmund fakes feeling what about turning in his father?

5. Who kills Oswald?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Edmund's actions when turning his father in to Cornwall indicate that he is dishonest?

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

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

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

5. How does Cornwall punish Gloucester for his villainy?

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

7. What does Edgar pray for while Lear is asleep in the farmhouse?

8. What plants the seeds of discord between Goneril and Regan?

9. How is Lear able to recover from his madness?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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