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 is Leocadia's second lie to Goya?

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

3. How does Leocadia evaluate Goya's recent paintings?

4. Why does King Ferdinand refuse to start another Inquisition?

5. What is the last sound we hear in Part 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How are King Ferdinand and Goya alike?

7. What has Goya done with his property that alarms Leocadia?

8. In what has Goya defied King Ferdinand?

9. Why does Goya call the horrifying scene of the Royal Volunteers attacking his home a "comedy?"

10. How does King Ferdinand know that Goya opposes him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay detailing the impact of this play on you as a reader. What did you learn that you hadn't known before? What ideas were you led to consider that may not have occurred to you before? Was reading the play a pleasant experience? Why or why not?

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

What forces - personal and political - caused Goya to paint the Black Paintings? Do you believe he was motivated more by the chaos in his own mind or the chaos in his country? Do you believe he intended the paintings to be seen by others or not? Support your thesis with evidence from the play.

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