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 planning to marry the Duke of North?

2. What does Bodice say as she leaves Lear's prison cell?

3. Who shoots the workman in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. What job does the Wife give the Carpenter to do?

5. Who advises the king to refuse the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do Thomas and Susan reflect from earlier in the play? How?

2. What does Lear tell Fontanelle to do in order to be treated well? What does he tell her to refrain from?

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

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

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

6. In Act 2, what character changes has Cordelia undergone since Act 1?

7. What is the significance of the Wounded Soldier in Act 2 Scene 3?

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

9. Compare and contrast the characters of Bodice and Fontanelle. Whom are they related to? How are they similar? How are they different?

10. Describe what happens at the end of Act 1, Scene 7 with the soldiers at the Gravedigger's Boy's house.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the terms "action" and "objective." What are the overarching actions and objectives of Bodice and Fontanelle? How do these actions connect to the plot of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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