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 Leocadia believe Goya's family feels about him?

2. Why does Goya say those who painted the cross on his door must be theologians?

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

4. For whom has King Ferdinand declared the death penalty?

5. Why does Leocadia think Goya is demented?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Dr. Arrieta infer from Father Duaso's statement that they cannot visit Goya until after 8:00?

3. What does Gumersinda think of Leocadia?

4. What is the theme of Goya's nightmare trial?

5. What is Dr. Arrieta's theory in Part 2, Scene 3 of King Ferdinand's plan for Goya?

6. How are King Ferdinand and Goya alike?

7. Father Duaso uses a word to describe Goya that seems entirely out of character with the Goya depicted in this play when he tells King Ferdinand that Goya seems "inoffensive" and "tranquil." What possible motive might Father Duaso have for such a description?

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

9. What contrast exists between the physical description of King Ferdinand and his activities and speech?

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

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

This play gives elements of a prolonged confrontation between Goya and King Ferdinand VII. Both characters exhibit strengths and weaknesses. There are many similarities between the two men. In your essay, analyze the elements of their conflict, including the causes and the effect of their disaffection on those around them.

Essay Topic 3

An author may write to inform, persuade, or entertain his readers. Write an essay telling what you think Buero-Vallejo's purpose was in creating this play. What about it is universal? What theme do you think the playwright was addressing? Do you think Buero-Vallejo has met his goal?

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