The Sleep of Reason 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. What weapon does Goya keep near him?

2. What does King Ferdinand think needlework would do for his subjects?

3. What does Leocadia suggest that horrifies Gumersinda?

4. How does Leocadia believe Goya's family feels about him?

5. What royal decree frightens Leocadia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Leocadia take Goya's dementia personally?

2. What did Goya see Leocadia doing behind his back?

3. Which of the dream figures has the most power over Goya, and what do you make of that fact?

4. The imaginary figures that torment Goya say they do so in the name of the priest from Tamajon. Who is the priest from Tamajon?

5. How are King Ferdinand and Goya alike?

6. To what animals does Goya compare Leocadia and Gumersinda during their conversation?

7. Why is Goya without anyone who can take him in?

8. What is the Green Book?

9. Of what does Father Duaso accuse Leocadia without directly saying it?

10. Do you believe that Leocadia has been unfaithful to Goya with the sergeant of the Royal Volunteers? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goya places great faith in the Bird-Men, people he believes to have conquered flight and to live in a more harmonious, advanced civilization. In an essay, explain what Goya wants them to do, who he thinks they are, and where he believes they come from. If they symbolize something, what is it? Support your ideas with quotations from Goya's speeches about them.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout history, Christians have persecuted others in the name of Jesus Christ, a result which seems strange considering his teachings of love and tolerance. Write an essay explaining your theory of how a scene such as you read in Part Two, Scene Four, could happen in Jesus' name.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay detailing the impact of this play on you as a reader. What did you learn that you hadn't known before? What ideas were you led to consider that may not have occurred to you before? Was reading the play a pleasant experience? Why or why not?

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