The Lion in Winter Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anthony Harvey
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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. How might Henry use the Vexin?

2. To where does Henry invite Alais?

3. What does Alais think Henry likes to do with her?

4. Henry refers to an ancient British king named ____________, whom he describes as having carved his kingdom up to give to his children, something he says he'll never do.

5. What does the conversation between Richard and Eleanor reveal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Eleanor doing, while she is alone in her chamber?

2. How does Eleanor react when Geoffrey asks why he feels only indifference from his parents?

3. What plot is Geoffrey working on?

4. What does Henry say about Eleanor's smile? How does he respond when she asks whether he ever loved her?

5. What do Geoffrey and John do as Richard is heard offstage?

6. How does Eleanor respond when Alais asks about her feelings for Henry?

7. How does Henry act towards Alais? What is the excuse he gives to Eleanor?

8. What does Henry tell Alais he wants to happen before he dies?

9. What does Henry say he has realized while Eleanor has been in prison?

10. What do the brothers do at the beginning of the scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The family agrees, in some respect, on what love is.

Part 1) What is love to this family? How do you know this?

Part 2) Why do they believe this is love?

Part 3) How does it affect their lives and relationships?

Essay Topic 2

Eleanor seems reluctant to kill.

Part 1) How is this known? How does this compare to Henry?

Part 2) Why might these characters be reluctant to kill?

Part 3) How is Henry's sword ironic and, like Eleanor's daggers, symbolic?

Essay Topic 3

Eleanor and Henry frequently banter.

Part 1) Give two examples. Why do these arguments take place?

Part 2) What is hidden by this banter? How do you know this?

Part 3) How is arguing and bantering used throughout the play to conceal other issues? Why?

(see the answer keys)

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