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 does the audience learn about Leocadia's husband from Gumersinda's remarks?

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

3. What does Leocadia call Goya?

4. Why was Goya denounced to the Holy Inquisition?

5. What sound frightens King Ferdinand?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Goya say he would have to disobey King Ferdinand to pay homage to him?

2. How does King Ferdinand evaluate Goya?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Dr. Arrieta say to assure Leocadia that Goya is not mad?

10. What advice does King Ferdinand give Father Duaso in dealing with Goya?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goya's last speech in the play is to look at Leocadia and say, "I'll never know." Do you think you know Leocadia's true position and character? Using evidence from the play, support your thesis about the kind of woman Leocadia actually was.

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

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?

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