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. How has King Ferdinand dealt with liberal dissenters?

2. Who is Martin Zapater?

3. In what year does the action of this play take place?

4. Where are Goya's children?

5. What activity occupies King Ferdinand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has Goya offended Calomarde?

4. 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?

5. What is the theme of Goya's nightmare trial?

6. What quality does Father Duaso display when questioned by King Ferdinand about Goya?

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

8. What does Gumersinda think of Leocadia?

9. How are King Ferdinand and Goya alike?

10. In the last scene, Goya says, "This is how it happens. It always happens." What does he mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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