Lear Test | Mid-Book 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. Who shoots the workman in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Which character says, "Politics is the higher form of justice"?

3. Whom does Lear ask for while in the prison cell?

4. What gift from her childhood does Fontanelle remind her father of when she stands trial against him?

5. What has killed one of the workers on the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Ghost stay with Lear at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

3. In Act 2, what character changes has Cordelia undergone since Act 1?

4. What is the irony of Lear's death on the Wall at the final scene?

5. How does Lear feel about the Duke of North and the Duke of Cornwall? Why?

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

7. How does the Ghost die? How does Lear react?

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

9. Compare and contrast the characters of Bodice and Fontanelle. Whom are they related to? How are they similar? How are they different?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Fontanelle's execution and subsequent on-stage autopsy contribute to the play? What change comes about because of this scene? Do you agree or disagree with the choice to put this scene on stage? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Bond uses Imagery in Lear to further illustrate his theme and characters. What are some examples from the play? Define the term "imagery" in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Edward Bond's childhood and world events influenced his writing and particularly that of Lear. How does his theme reflect his social and political beliefs?

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