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 imaginary creatures does Goya paint and believe to be real?

2. In Part 1, Scene 1, why are King Ferdinand's appointments for tomorrow far apart?

3. What is a Comunero?

4. What does Leocadia call Goya?

5. What sound frightens King Ferdinand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Father Duaso feel about King Ferdinand's decision to force Goya to become submissive to the King?

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

5. When King Ferdinand questions Father Duaso's characterization of Goya as "tranquil," Father Duaso goes farther and says that Goya appears "undaunted." Realizing that this description may be an error, how does Father Duaso retreat from what he has said?

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of the play, Goya arrives at more than one startling conclusion about himself and his fellow man. Write an essay explaining what those conclusions are, and what prompted Goya to realize them.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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