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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who intends to overthrow Lear in Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) Cordelia.
(b) His daughters.
(c) Thomas.
(d) Warrington.

2. What is the setting of Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) The War Chamber.
(b) The prison.
(c) The King's Quarters.
(d) The woods.

3. Why does the Gravedigger's Boy tell Lear that the Carpenter is always around?
(a) He wants to steal the water.
(b) He works for the army.
(c) He's in love with his wife.
(d) He's spying on them.

4. Who enters carrying bread and water in Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) The Gravedigger's Boy.
(b) Lear.
(c) Warrington.
(d) Cordelia.

5. What does Lear recognize in the well bucket?
(a) A dagger.
(b) Blood.
(c) A baby.
(d) Soil.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who has died at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1?

2. What is Bodice doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 4?

3. What does the Wounded Soldier see before he dies onstage?

4. Where does Act 1, Scene 4 take place?

5. Which character says, "They are my sheep and if one of them is lost I'd take fire to hell to bring him out"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the wild man living in the woods? How does he know Lear?

2. How does Fontanelle feel about her husband? What does she say regarding him sexually?

3. Why do Fontanelle and Bodice capture their husbands and keep them imprisoned?

4. Describe the character of Lear as we first encounter him in the play. How old is he? What is his demeanor?

5. Describe how Lear is blinded in the prison scene. Why is he blinded?

6. Who is the Gravedigger's Boy? What does the exposition reveal about his background? What is his purpose in the play?

7. Describe Lear's reaction to the mirror in the court scene.

8. Who do Thomas and Susan reflect from earlier in the play? How?

9. What does Warrington advise the king regarding the war with Bodice and Fontanelle? What is Lear's reply?

10. How does Susan's conversation with Thomas about Lear echo that of the Gravedigger's Boy and his Wife early in the play?

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