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. How does King Ferdinand respond to the frightening sound?

2. How long has Goya been deaf?

3. What sound does it seem to Goya that Gumersinda makes when she talks?

4. What did Goya think the flying men were when he first saw them?

5. What is the Green Book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are possible reasons that Leocadia no longer seems to Goya to be afraid?

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

3. What does Mariquita's voice represent in Goya's mind in Part 2, Scene 2?

4. What advice does King Ferdinand give Father Duaso in dealing with Goya?

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

6. In the last scene, Goya says, "This is how it happens. It always happens." What does he mean?

7. What is the double meaning of Father Duaso's line, "Heat doesn't agree with me?"

8. How does King Ferdinand know that Goya opposes him?

9. Does Goya know that the meowing he hears is an auditory hallucination?

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

Transformation is an important theme. Does anyone in this play change during the course of the action on stage? If so, who changes, and how?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay discussing the spyglass as a symbol between Goya and the King. Examine ways in which their fates are linked, yet held at a distance.

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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