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 does Leocadia tell Father Duaso her husband has done?

3. What sound does it seem to Goya that Gumersinda makes when she talks?

4. Why does Goya become angry with Leocadia?

5. What is the picture on the wall during most of Part 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What evidence does Goya give that he recognizes that his family is in danger?

6. Why does Dr. Arrieta hesitate to frighten Goya?

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

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

9. What does Leocadia hope Dr. Arrieta will be able to give Goya?

10. What does Gumersinda think of Leocadia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This play gives elements of a prolonged confrontation between Goya and King Ferdinand VII. Both characters exhibit strengths and weaknesses. There are many similarities between the two men. In your essay, analyze the elements of their conflict, including the causes and the effect of their disaffection on those around 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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