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. In Part 1, Scene 1, why are King Ferdinand's appointments for tomorrow far apart?

2. What does Dr. Arrieta suggest to help Leocadia?

3. What weapon does Goya keep near him?

4. Why does Leocadia let Goya go out by himself?

5. What is unusual about the dialogue in quotation marks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Goya call the horrifying scene of the Royal Volunteers attacking his home a "comedy?"

2. What does Gumersinda think of Leocadia?

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

4. What does Leocadia hope Dr. Arrieta will be able to give Goya?

5. What is revealed in Part 1, Scene 1 about how King Ferdinand deals with his enemies?

6. What evidence is there in Part 1, Scene 1 that King Ferdinand sees through Calomarde's flattery and does not trust him?

7. What has Goya done with his property that alarms Leocadia?

8. In what has Goya defied King Ferdinand?

9. Why do you think Father Duaso doesn't tell Dr. Arrieta that King Ferdinand has forbidden him to visit Goya until after 8:00?

10. What do you make of the fact that while Goya is being tormented in his dream, the dream figures tell him that the King is embroidering flowers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What forces - personal and political - caused Goya to paint the Black Paintings? Do you believe he was motivated more by the chaos in his own mind or the chaos in his country? Do you believe he intended the paintings to be seen by others or not? Support your thesis with evidence from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Jews have more than once been held accountable for problems in countries where they reside. Russia, Germany, and other countries have persecuted the Jews inside their borders. What is the rationale that led to such persecution? Write an essay detailing your theory and supporting it with research.

Essay Topic 3

Goya experiences an epiphany at the end of the play, when he comes to believe that his own treatment of Leocadia is not unlike the king's treatment of Goya. In your essay, explore this idea. How are the two relationships similar? How are they different?

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