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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. Where did the "wild man" hide?
(a) The trees.
(b) The house.
(c) The well.
(d) The bushes.

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

3. Who does Lear claim are his enemies?
(a) Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Stonewall.
(b) Duke of North and Duke of Ireland.
(c) Duke of South and Duke Willingshead.
(d) Duke of Cornwall and Duke of North.

4. How does Lear order the workman killed in Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) Hanging.
(b) Firing squad.
(c) Drowning.
(d) Crucifixion.

5. What does Lear think attacked him in his sleep?
(a) A ghost.
(b) A wild bear.
(c) A wolf.
(d) A soldier.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lear respond to the judge when asked, "And these ladies are your daughters?"?

2. Who has been captured in Act 1, Scene 4?

3. Who does the Gravedigger's Boy tell Lear has left him, and "wanted a horse to take him to town"?

4. Who stabs knitting needles into Warrington's ears?

5. What is the setting of Act 1, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Warrington reveal about Bodice and Fontanelle in Act 1, Scene 2? What is his course of action?

2. Why has Lear chosen to erect the wall? How long has it been in construction?

3. How does Lear prove he has undergone a change of character in the last act?

4. Describe what happens at the end of Act 1, Scene 7 with the soldiers at the Gravedigger's Boy's house.

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

6. How does Lear react to seeing Fontanelle's autopsy? How does this change his point of view?

7. Why has Lear been spared in the prison? How does he escape?

8. Who is leading a revolution against Bodice and Fontanelle? How do we learn this information?

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

10. What does Lear say about the Farmer's Son joining the army? How does this show a change in his character?

(see the answer keys)

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