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 asked Warrington to betray the king?

2. Who accompanies Lear in Act 1, Scene 5?

3. What does Lear recognize in the well bucket?

4. Who appears to Lear in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. What has killed one of the workers on the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why has the Small Man come to find Lear? Where has he come from?

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

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

5. What do Thomas and Ben reveal to Lear that they plan to do in Act 3, Scene 2? Why?

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

7. Describe how Lear is blinded in the prison scene. Why is he blinded?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare Edward Bond's Lear and Shakespeare's Lear. Why did Bond choose to adapt and essentially rewrite elements of Shakespeare's play? What elements of action and character did he alter? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the irony that is evident in Lear. What different forms of irony does Bond employ in the play? Define the terms in your answer.

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