King Lear Act V, Scenes 1 and 2: Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act V, Scenes 1 and 2: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why is Albany concerned about the battle with France?

2. How does Albany finally resolve his dilemma about fighting the French?

3. To which sister has Edmund sworn his love?

4. Who joins Albany in the tent to talk about the upcoming battle with France?

5. Who delivers Goneril’s letter to Albany?

6. What information does the letter contain?

7. Why is Goneril the better choice of mate for Edmund?

8. How does Edmund plan to treat Lear and Cordelia if Britain wins the battle with France?

9. Where does Edgar place his father during the battle?

10. What does Edgar tell his father when he does not want to flee to safety after the battle?

Answers
1. Albany is concerned about fighting his own father-in-law, the King.

2. Albany decides that the war with France is a separate issue from the domestic quarrels with Lear and Cordelia.

3. Edmund has sworn his love to both Goneril and Regan.

4. Edmund and the oldest and most experienced officers join Albany in his tent.

5. Edgar delivers Goneril’s letter to Albany.

6. The letter, intended for Edmund, contains a plot to kill Goneril’s husband, Albany.

7. Goneril plans to kill Albany, which would put Edmund in the top position in the kingdom if he married Goneril.

8. Edmund plans to show no mercy to Lear and Cordelia.

9. Edgar places his blind father safely in the shadow of a tree.

10. Edgar tells him that “Men must endure.”