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. For whom has King Ferdinand declared the death penalty?

2. How many of Goya's "black paintings" are seen during this play?

3. Who is Vicente Lopez?

4. What is Leocadia's second lie to Goya?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did King Ferdinand punish Goya?

2. Father Duaso uses a word to describe Goya that seems entirely out of character with the Goya depicted in this play when he tells King Ferdinand that Goya seems "inoffensive" and "tranquil." What possible motive might Father Duaso have for such a description?

3. What choice does Mariquita's voice offer to Goya in Part 2, Scene 2?

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

5. Why does Goya hesitate to open Martin Zapater's letter?

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

7. How does Dr. Arrieta offend Father Duaso?

8. Why does Dr. Arrieta reject Father Duaso's plan to persuade Goya to beg the king's pardon?

9. How are King Ferdinand and Goya alike?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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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