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. Who maniacally encourages the torture of Warrington?

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

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

5. Why doesn't the Old Orderly know Lear's crime?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Lear execute the laborer in Act 1, Scene 1? What are his underlying motives?

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

5. What is the significance of the location of Act 3, Scene 3?

6. Who is the wild man living in the woods? How does he know Lear?

7. Who is the Carpenter? What is revealed to Lear about this character? How does he fit into the plot?

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

9. How does the power shift in Act 2, Scene 5? What actions indicate this?

10. What does Lear offer to the strangers who arrive at the house? What is Thomas's reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the production history of Bond's Lear. How has it been received by the public? What characteristics of the play make it controversial? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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