Edward II: The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable End of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer 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. To whom is the Bishop of Canterbury writing in Scene 2?

2. Who volunteers to shelter the nobles at the end of Scene 2?

3. What does Baldock protest he despises about the court?

4. After Gaveston is carried off in Scene 4, what does Edward say stops his speech?

5. Where does Lady Margaret put the letter after she has read it in Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Spencer Junior send Levune to France at the end of Act 3?

2. How do Edward and Gaveston react to Isabella's entrance in Scene 4?

3. How does Isabella's position on Gavestone change during her soliloquy?

4. How are the nobles and Edward at odds in the first scene in the play?

5. What is Edward's state of mind in Scene 5?

6. Describe the private pleading Mortimer Junior and Lancaster make to Edward.

7. What are the fates of Edward, Spencer Junior and Baldock after they are discovered?

8. Describe the space where Edward is kept in Scene 5.

9. How do the nobles respond to Gaveston's advancement?

10. To what extent is Mortimer's pride getting the best of him in Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play of Edward II focuses on the scripture of the English class system, in which people are born into their station and social mobility is looked upon with disdain. Focusing on three characters, write an essay on social mobility in the play. How does each character view himself in the pecking order? How does he seek to improve his station? What is his attitude toward the system as a whole?

Part 1) Gaveston

Part 2) Mortimer Junior

Part 3) Spencer Junior and Baldock

Essay Topic 2

The idea of love - personal, genuine love - is ambiguous and somewhat dangerous element in Marlowe's play. Write an essay about the precarious, perverse ends that love brings in three parts:

Part 1) The most all-consuming love in Edward II is that between the King and Gaveston. Why is Edward so consumed by his love with Gaveston? What does he sacrifice for it? What are the end results of this love for both men?

Part 2) Lady Margaret genuinely loves Gaveston and longs to be his wife. How do Baldock and Spencer Junior use this love as something strategic? What advancement can they gain from it?

Part 3) Isabella genuinely loves Edward, who does not reciprocate it. Write a chronicle of the different reactions Isabella has to these snubs. How does she eventually avail herself of this unrequited love?

Essay Topic 3

Marlowe adeptly connects the larger, international crises of Edward II's England to the private and domestic quarrels the are the centerpiece of the plot. Write an essay, focusing on the two foreign armies that plague England throughout the play. How does Edward react to news of their success? How do major victories for them affect his relationship with the nobles? How are certain of these defeats the result of poor decisions Edward makes throughout the play?

Part 1) France.

Part 2) Scotland.

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