King Lear Act II review quiz with quote answers

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II.i What news does Curan bring?

"...the Duke of Cornwall and Regan
his duchess will be here with him this night"

II.i What gossip does Curan spread rumors of?

"Have you heard of no likely wars toward, 'twixt the
Dukes of Cornwall and Albany?"

II.i What advice does Edmund give Edgar (again)?

"Draw; seem to defend yourself; now quit you well.
Yield: come before my father"

II.i How does Edmund falsely blame Edgar for something he didn't do?

"With his prepared sword, he charges home
My unprovided body, lanced mine arm:
But when he saw my best alarum'd spirits,
Bold in the quarrel's right, roused to the encounter,
Or whether gasted by the noise I made,
Full suddenly he fled"

II.i How does Edmund falsely accuse Edgar of something he's not planning to do?

"When by no means he could...
Persuade me to the murder of your lordship;
But that I told him, the revenging gods
'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend;
Spoke, with how manifold and strong a bond
The child was bound to the father..."

II.i Where does Gloucester use antisagoge, offering reward for obedience and punishment for disobedience?

"...he which finds [Edgar] shall deserve our thanks,
Bringing the murderous coward to the stake;
He that conceals him, death"

II.i What does Regan plan to do if her father arrives?

"...if they come to sojourn at my house,
I'll not be there"

II.i How does Cornwall offer Edmund a job?

"For you, Edmund,
Whose virtue and obedience doth this instant
So much commend itself, you shall be ours:
Natures of such deep trust we shall much need;
You we first seize on"

II.i What reason does Regan give Gloucester for her visit?

"Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister,
Of differences, which I least thought it fit
To answer from our home"

II.ii Where does Kent tell Oswald to stable his horse and why?

"I' the mire"

II.ii What 14+ insults does Kent call Oswald in one speech?

"A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a
base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited,
hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a
lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson,
glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue;
one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a
bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but
the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar,
and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I
will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest
the least syllable of thy addition"

II.ii What specific errand or chore is Oswald doing that makes Kent so angry at this moment?

"you come with letters against the
king"

II.ii What does Cornwall say that makes Kent stop trying to beat Oswald?

"Keep peace, upon your lives:
He dies that strikes again"

II.ii Why does Kent say a tailor made Oswald?

"...a tailor, sir: a stone-cutter or painter could
not have made him so ill, though he had been but two
hours at the trade"

II.ii What letter of the alphabet does Kent call Oswald and why?

"Thou whoreson zed! thou unnecessary letter!"

II.ii For what reason does Kent tell Cornwall he doesn't like first Oswald, then Gloucester, Regan, and Cornwall himself?

"His countenance likes me not.
...Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain:
I have seen better faces in my time
Than stands on any shoulder that I see
Before me at this instant"

II.ii What explanation does Cornwall make for Kent's behavior?

"This is some fellow,
Who, having been praised for bluntness, doth affect
A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb
Quite from his nature: he cannot flatter, he,
An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth!
An they will take it, so; if not, he's plain"

II.ii How does Kent insult Cornwall with a compliment?

"Sir, in good sooth, in sincere verity,
Under the allowance of your great aspect,
Whose influence, like the wreath of radiant fire
On flickering Phoebus' front..."

II.ii What tough but naïve character from Greek mythology does Kent compare himself to?

"None of these rogues and cowards
But Ajax is their fool"

II.ii What punishment do Cornwall and Regan order for Kent (even though impeding the king's messenger is considered a crime of assault upon the king himself)?

"Fetch forth the stocks!
...Put in his legs"

II.ii Does Gloucester apologize to or taunt Kent for his being stocked?

"I am sorry for thee, friend; 'tis the duke's pleasure,
Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
Will not be rubb'd nor stopp'd: I'll entreat for thee"

II.ii How does Kent tell Gloucester he'll spend his sentence?

"Some time I shall sleep out, the rest I'll whistle"

II.ii What apostrophe, speaking to an absent person or object which can not answer, does Kent make to the sun and why?

"Approach, thou beacon to this under globe,
That by thy comfortable beams I may
Peruse this letter! Nothing almost sees miracles
But misery: I know 'tis from Cordelia,
Who hath most fortunately been inform'd
Of my obscured course; and shall find time
From this enormous state, seeking to give
Losses their remedies"

II.ii What apostrophe, speaking to an absent person or object which can not answer, does Kent make to good luck/destiny?

"Fortune, good night: smile once more: turn thy wheel!"

II.iii With what disguise does Edgar hope to save his own life?

"Whiles I may 'scape,
I will preserve myself: and am bethought
To take the basest and most poorest shape
That ever penury, in contempt of man,
Brought near to beast: my face I'll grime with filth;
Blanket my loins: elf all my hair in knots;
And with presented nakedness out-face
The winds and persecutions of the sky"

II.iii Why does Edgar think his plan has a chance to succeed?

"The country gives me proof and precedent
Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms
Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary;
And with this horrible object, from low farms,
Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills,
Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers,
Enforce their charity"

II.iii Why does Edgar say it's not too bad to be mentally-ill and homeless?

"That's something yet: Edgar I nothing am"

II.iv What excuse does Kent give Lear for fighting Oswald?

"Having more man than wit about me, [I] drew:"

II.iv How does the Fool tell Lear that nobody loves you when you're down and out?

"Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind;
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.
Fortune, that arrant whore,
Ne'er turns the key to the poor"

II.iv How does the Fool call himself more honest and loyal than wise?

"That sir which serves and seeks for gain,
And follows but for form,
Will pack when it begins to rain,
And leave thee in the storm,
But I will tarry; the fool will stay,
And let the wise man fly:
The knave turns fool that runs away;
The fool no knave, perdy"

II.iv Where does Lear become so angry that he speaks in asyndeton, or words without grammar?

"Vengeance! plague! death! confusion!"

II.iv How does Lear, when speaking to Gloucester, tell himself to give Cornwall the benefit of the doubt?

"may be he is not well:
Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
When nature, being oppress'd, commands the mind
To suffer with the body"

II.iv What does Regan tell Lear about the proper management of fathers who are growing old that is similar to what Edmund lied his brother said?

"O, sir, you are old.
Nature in you stands on the very verge
Of her confine: you should be ruled and led
By some discretion, that discerns your state
Better than you yourself"

II.iv With what affliction does Lear first curse Goneril?

"Strike her young bones,
You taking airs, with lameness!"

II.iv What second and third curses does Lear wish upon Goneril?

"You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
Into her scornful eyes! Infect her beauty,
You fen-suck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful sun,
To fall and blast her pride!"

II.iv Why does Lear tell Regan she will never deserve his curses?

"Regan, thou shalt never have my curse:
Thy tender-hefted nature shall not give
Thee o'er to harshness: her eyes are fierce; but thine
Do comfort and not burn. 'Tis not in thee
To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train,
To bandy hasty words, to scant my sizes,
And in conclusion to oppose the bolt
Against my coming in: thou better know'st
The offices of nature, bond of childhood,
Effects of courtesy, dues of gratitude;
Thy half o' the kingdom hast thou not forgot,
Wherein I thee endow'd"

II.iv What does Lear ask the gods to do?

"O heavens...
If you do love old men, if your sweet sway
Allow obedience, if yourselves are old,
Make it your cause; send down, and take my part!"

II.iv What advice and opportunity does Regan offer Lear?

"I pray you, father, being weak, seem so.
If, till the expiration of your month,
You will return and sojourn with my sister,
Dismissing half your train, come then to me:
I am now from home, and out of that provision
Which shall be needful for your entertainment"

II.iv Does Lear choose to stay with Goneril and 50 of his knights or with Regan and 100?

"...I can stay with Regan,
I and my hundred knights."

II.iv How many knights does Regan first agree Lear can bring to her house?

"...I entreat you
To bring but five and twenty: to no more
Will I give place or notice"

II.iv How many servant do the two sisters haggle Lear down to?

"What need you five and twenty, ten, or five,
To follow in a house where twice so many
Have a command to tend you?
...What need one?"

II.iv What is Lear's response to his need being questioned?

"O, reason not the need: our basest beggars
Are in the poorest thing superfluous:
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man's life's as cheap as beast's"

II.iv Where does Lear become so upset that he speaks in anacoluthon, or a sentence whose beginning and end do not match?

"I will have such revenges on you both,
That all the world shall--I will do such things,--
What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be
The terrors of the earth"

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