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 is the Green Book?

2. How does Leocadia evaluate Goya's recent paintings?

3. Where does Leocadia want to celebrate Christmas?

4. What is King Ferdinand's opinion of Goya after reading the letter?

5. What is the last sound we hear in Part 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprises Father Duaso about Dr. Arrieta's request for help for Goya?

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

3. What does Goya mean when he says, "For thirty years I've been witnessing a play I don't understand"?

4. What does Leocadia lie to Goya about in their first conversation?

5. How does King Ferdinand ensure that Father Duaso will arrive at Goya's house after the Royal Volunteers?

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

7. How does Dr. Arrieta offend Father Duaso?

8. What choice does Goya make between engaging with Leocadia and auto-erotic activity? How do you know?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Goya's last speech in the play is to look at Leocadia and say, "I'll never know." Do you think you know Leocadia's true position and character? Using evidence from the play, support your thesis about the kind of woman Leocadia actually was.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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