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. What has Mortimer resolved to do to Gaveston by the end of Scene 2?

2. What does Isabella resolve to do in Scene 2 rather than be the cause of unrest?

3. Who does Arundel promise as ransom for Gaveston's temporary reprieve in Scene 4?

4. What are the nobles doing with the writ of exile at the beginning of Scene 4?

5. At the beginning of Scene 3, how does Edward direct his and and Gaveston's departure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?

2. How is Edward III caught between Kent and Mortimer at the end of Scene 2?

3. How does Mortimer Junior convince the other nobles that Gaveston should be recalled?

4. What is Baldock's attitude toward the court?

5. Why does Isabella appeal specifically to Mortimer in this scene?

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

7. Why does Isabella want Edward dead?

8. Who is Lady Margaret?

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

10. What expectation does Edward have after giving up his crown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Marlowe's medieval England, murder is a carefully chosen and strategically effective means for altering the political dynamics of the realm. Write an essay about the key murders of the play and their effects in three parts:

Part 1) What are the noble's essential issues with Gaveston, and what other tactics do they attempt before murdering him? What is the final straw for the nobles, and what do they achieve with Gaveston's murder?

Part 2) Who decides that Kent must die, and how does he go about accomplishing this end? What is Kent's role in the political world of Edward II, and how does his removal change the dynamic?

Part 3) The murder of a king i s a major decision, rife with awful possibilities. Why do Isabella and Mortimer Junior decide to have Edward II killed after he is deposed? What do they hope to achieve? What is the ultimate result of this murder?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the noble's as a group. What does Marlowe intend to say about the nobility of this time? Are they unified for a single purpose, or is each separately focused on personal advancement? At which points over the course of the narrative do individual nobles break from the collective will of the group? Which nobles are they, and why does each choose to break ranks? What is Marlowe saying about the way that history is made by individual men?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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