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 does Lear help the Wife do?

2. Who says, "To fight like us you must hate. We can't trust a man unless he hates"?

3. Why does Lear, in an aside, tell his daughter the workman is being executed?

4. Who enters carrying bread and water in Act 1, Scene 5?

5. Who appears to Lear in Act 2, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Bodice and Fontanelle plan for Lear's future at the trial? How do they go about this plan?

2. How is the Wife of Gravedigger's Boy relevant to the plot? How does she feel about Lear living with her and her husband?

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

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

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

6. Why has Lear written to Cordelia? What does he hope to achieve?

7. Why is the Ghost unhappy and crying in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

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

10. Why did the Gravedigger's Son settle where he did? How did he discover the place where he lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Do you empathize with any characters in the play? Who? Why do you feel regard or disregard for these characters? Cite examples from the text.

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