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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is McFearson?
2. What sound startles the soldiers in Act 2, Scene 5?
3. What is the story about that Lear tells in Act 3, Scene 2?
4. Where has Lear been taken from in Act 2, Scene 5?
5. What frightens the pigs, making them run?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Lear makes a reference in Act 3 to Christ on the cross, which contains a certain irony in that Lear eventually finds himself in a similar place to that in which Christ found himself - executed by those in authority as an example to others who would think and believe and act independently. What are other Biblical references in Lear? How can Lear (and others) be compared to Biblical figures?
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