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. Edmund laments promising himself to both sisters and figures out that the only way he is going to enjoy one of them is for what to happen?

2. When told of the death of Cornwall, Albany says the death was what?

3. The doctor wants Lear to wake up and servants carry Lear into the doctor on what?

4. Who brings Cornwall the news that Gloucester has taken the King to Dover?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What caused Lear's madness?

8. What happens to Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril by the end of the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does King Lear portray service? Who serves? What sort of authority and relationships are related to service in the play? Does service, as used in the play, belong to family or to the state? Why? Please support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

What character traits of King Lear appear in his daughters and how do these traits affect his relationships with his daughters? Use examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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

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