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 did King Ferdinand learn needlework?

2. What imaginary creatures does Goya paint and believe to be real?

3. Why was Goya denounced to the Holy Inquisition?

4. Why does Leocadia think Goya is demented?

5. Why does Gumersinda admonish Leocadia to show no fear to Goya?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does King Ferdinand evaluate Goya?

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

6. Does Goya know that the meowing he hears is an auditory hallucination?

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

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

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

10. Why does Dr. Arrieta not expect help for himself from Father Duaso?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout history, Christians have persecuted others in the name of Jesus Christ, a result which seems strange considering his teachings of love and tolerance. Write an essay explaining your theory of how a scene such as you read in Part Two, Scene Four, could happen in Jesus' name.

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