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. For what was Riego executed?

3. How long has Leocadia been with Goya?

4. What is the Green Book?

5. What does the audience learn about Leocadia's husband from Gumersinda's remarks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Goya turn back from his walk when he encountered the soldiers at the bridge?

3. What does Goya explain to Dr. Arrieta that the black paintings on his walls represent?

4. How are King Ferdinand and Goya alike?

5. How does Dr. Arrieta offend Father Duaso?

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

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

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

9. How does King Ferdinand evaluate Goya?

10. What evidence does Goya have that Leocadia has been unfaithful to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At different points in the play, several characters say, "Is that the way you repay me?" Who says this, to whom, and in what situations? What does this tell you about the way the speaker views himself or herself? Their relationship to other characters? In your essay, analyze this question.

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

Fear is an overarching theme in this play. Select any two characters. Explain how fear motivated their actions, what they did in response to fear, and how the story might have been different if they had been unafraid.

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