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 has ordered Warrington's tongue cut out?

2. How have Lear's daughters had contact with the dukes?

3. Who suggests the workman be imprisoned rather than executed?

4. Who plans to marry the Duke of Cornwall?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fontanelle feel about her husband? What does she say regarding him sexually?

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

3. Who appears to Lear in prison? How was this character known to Lear before this point?

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

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

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

7. Why has Lear written to Cordelia? What does he hope to achieve?

8. How does the Ghost die? How does Lear react?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What are the characteristics of the traditional tragic hero? What characteristics does Lear embody that make him the tragic hero of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What does Fontanelle's execution and subsequent on-stage autopsy contribute to the play? What change comes about because of this scene? Do you agree or disagree with the choice to put this scene on stage? Why or why not?

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