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 Goya resolve the controversy between Gumersinda and Leocadia about where to celebrate Christmas?

2. What weapon does Goya keep near him?

3. What royal decree frightens Leocadia?

4. What does Leocadia want Dr. Arrieta to do?

5. How long has Goya been deaf?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did King Ferdinand punish Goya?

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

3. Goya's nightmare is interrupted by knocking. Who has come, and who does Goya hope has come, to the door?

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

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

6. How is Goya's situation with King Ferdinand impossible?

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

8. What evidence does Goya give that he recognizes that his family is in danger?

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

10. In what has Goya defied King Ferdinand?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A great work of literature needs to have elements of universality. If you are not a great painter who has lost his hearing or his political security, you are not like Goya in those ways. And yet Dr. Arrieta tells Goya that we are all deaf and deserving of pity. In your essay, explain what you think Dr. Arrieta meant, tell whether you agree with him, and explain why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Buero-Vallejo's "immersion technique" for someone who has never heard of it. Explain the technical effects, both auditory and visual, giving examples. Include your own responses to the technique and your evaluation of its effectiveness as compelling theater.

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