Lear Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much time passes between Act 3, Scene 1 and Act 3, Scene 3?

2. What is one of Lear's greatest flaws?

3. What does Lear beg the son not to do in Act 2, Scene 7?

4. What role does Lear play in the play?

5. Where does Act 3 begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Lear and the Ghost. How are these characters similar? How are they different? What is ironic about their friendship?

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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