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 speaks of an animal in a cage at the trial?

2. What do the soldiers do to the wife of the Gravedigger's Boy?

3. Who is present in Act 2, Scene 3?

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

5. What news from her aides does Fontanelle tell Bodice in Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the character of Warrington. What is his position? To whom is he loyal?

9. What does Lear go to do at the Wall in the final scene? Why?

10. Why does Cordelia refuse to take the captured soldier into her army?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the primary motif in Lear? What is the definition of the term "motif"? How does Bond employ this motif as a means to further illustrate his theme?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Epic Theater. What elements of Bond's Lear are characteristic of Epic Theater? What ideals does Bond share with Brecht? How does the style of Lear reflect this?

Essay Topic 3

Lear makes a reference in Act 3 to Christ on the cross, which contains a certain irony in that Lear eventually finds himself in a similar place to that in which Christ found himself - executed by those in authority as an example to others who would think and believe and act independently. What are other Biblical references in Lear? How can Lear (and others) be compared to Biblical figures?

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