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. What happens to the captured soldier in Act 2, Scene 3?

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

3. Who enters with a wooden box in Act 1, Scene 7?

4. What does Bodice demand be handed to Lear while at the trial?

5. Why does the Old Orderly come into Lear's cell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Ghost not go with Lear when Lear is taken from the cell?

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

4. What is the argument between Lear and the Gravedigger's Wife? How do these characters feel about each other?

5. Do Bodice and Fontanelle trust one another? What actions or dialogue reveals their true feelings?

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

7. Describe the torture of the captured Warrington. What does this scene inform the reader or audience about the nature of the characters?

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

9. Why does Lear tell Cornelia she must destroy the wall? What does he say regarding pity?

10. Why has the Small Man come to find Lear? Where has he come from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the term "foreshadowing." What are examples of foreshadowing in Bond's Lear? What is the purpose of his use of foreshadowing? Does it create tension? Does it set up irony? Does it reflect the theme?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the irony that is evident in Lear. What different forms of irony does Bond employ in the play? Define the terms in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Edward Bond's Lear and Shakespeare's Lear. Why did Bond choose to adapt and essentially rewrite elements of Shakespeare's play? What elements of action and character did he alter? Why?

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