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 does Mortimer threaten Edward if he do not agree to Gaveston's exile?

2. What does Lancaster intend to do with the writ of banishment after Edward signs it?

3. What does Warwick believe is the only mean the nobles have of challenging Gaveston?

4. Against what enemy has the Third Poor Man fought?

5. What present role does Spencer Junior tell Baldock her must cast off to come to court?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gaveston become wounded in Scene 2?

2. How does Edward react to Leicester's departure?

3. What is Lightborn's brave plan to kill Edward?

4. What fears do the nobles have regarding Kent in Scene 3?

5. What request is made of King Edward by the nobles in Act 3, Scene 1?

6. How does Edward's support change in Scene 2?

7. Describe the reassurances that the Abbot gives Edward II at the beginning of the scene.

8. What is Mortimer's plan regarding Edward III?

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

10. Who is captured in the victory against Edward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining the motivations and essential character of Mortimer Junior. What are his grievances against the King? Are they well-founded, and does he defend them in reasonable ways? Is he, in the end, merely an ambitious charlatan who wants only to consolidate power? Is ahe a concerned peer of England? Does he exist somewhere in between? Cite from the text to defend your position.

Essay Topic 2

Much of Marlowe's play deal with the relationship of the sovereign to his peers and vice versa. The plot is driven by two men whose understanding of this relationship is unsound. Write an essay about these men in two parts:

Part 1) How does Edward II represent a king who does not understand the responsibilities of his office? To what extent does he want to enjoy all of the perks of kinship without the responsibility? What conflict does this create? What end does Edward meet as a result?

Part 2) What duty does Mortimer Junior owe to his king that he is unwilling to bestow? How does he justify his unwillingness to respect this customary relationship? In what ways are his arguments reasonable, and i what ways is he simply an ambitious over-reacher? How is his demise brought about by this lack of respect for the sovereign-peer relationship?

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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