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. Edgar is left alone at the farmhouse and hopes that the King will be able to do what?

2. Edmund tells a captain to kill Cordelia and make it look like what?

3. Edmund says it will be best, and will support his story, if he finds Gloucester doing what?

4. Who loses the battle according to the news Edgar brings?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How do Lear's and Gloucester's characters parallel each other?

8. How does Cornwall punish Gloucester for his villainy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways does King Lear symbolize a good king or a bad king, or both? What qualities does he posses that a king should (or should not) possess? What actions does he take that reinforces your opinion? Support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Using examples from the text, what are the connections between the main plot and the subplot in the play?

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