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. Why does Goya become angry with Leocadia?

2. Why does Leocadia let Goya go out by himself?

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

4. Where does Gumersinda want to celebrate Christmas?

5. What activity occupies King Ferdinand?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Father Duaso doesn't tell Dr. Arrieta that King Ferdinand has forbidden him to visit Goya until after 8:00?

3. Why is Goya without anyone who can take him in?

4. What does Gumersinda think of Leocadia?

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

6. What advice does King Ferdinand give Father Duaso in dealing with Goya?

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

8. What do you make of the fact that while Goya is being tormented in his dream, the dream figures tell him that the King is embroidering flowers?

9. What evidence does Leocadia offer Dr. Arrieta to show that Goya has lost his mind?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Animals as metaphors are used extensively in this play, and in the Black Paintings. In your essay, list the animals that are used and explain the metaphorical significance of each. You may need to use Internet research, as well as information that is given within the play itself.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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