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 is NOT present in Act 1, Scene 3?

2. Who speaks of an animal in a cage at the trial?

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

4. What is the setting at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Fontanelle say on the stand against her father?

3. Describe Lear's reaction to the mirror in the court scene.

4. What is the significance of the image of Bodice and Fontanelle as children in Lear's cell?

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

6. What does Warrington advise the king regarding the war with Bodice and Fontanelle? What is Lear's reply?

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

8. What does Fontanelle say to Lear in the prison cell? What are her action and objective?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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