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. Where do Bodice and Fontanelle plan to meet at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Who does the Boy's Wife see outside the house?

3. In Act 1, Scene 1, who claims to have proof that the "enemies" Lear speaks of are not actually enemies?

4. What does Lear ask of Fontanelle while in the prison cell?

5. Why does the Boy say his wife is upset?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lear prove he has undergone a change of character in the last act?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Lear feel about the Duke of North and the Duke of Cornwall? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Lear and his daughters. How are their actions similar? How are they different? How are their motivations related?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of Lear's being blinded? How does this relate to actions in Shakespeare's Lear? What is the symbolism that this act illustrates?

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