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 suggest that horrifies Gumersinda?

3. Why does Goya become angry with Leocadia?

4. What does Dr. Arrieta suggest to help Leocadia?

5. Where are Goya's children?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what has Goya defied King Ferdinand?

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

3. What is the Green Book?

4. What surprises Father Duaso about Dr. Arrieta's request for help for Goya?

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

7. What do the unnamed women's voices represent in Goya's mind?

8. The imaginary figures that torment Goya say they do so in the name of the priest from Tamajon. Who is the priest from Tamajon?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goya says that the walls where he painted the Black Paintings "ooze fear." He says that he painted the things he feared. Select one of the paintings to explain what Goya might have feared when he painted it. Be sure to include the personal and or political situation that might have created the fear he expressed.

Essay Topic 2

An author may write to inform, persuade, or entertain his readers. Write an essay telling what you think Buero-Vallejo's purpose was in creating this play. What about it is universal? What theme do you think the playwright was addressing? Do you think Buero-Vallejo has met his goal?

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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