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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. Before departing, what does Lancaster swear Edward will soon have for a crown?
2. According to Mortimer Junior, who is aiding the Scots?
3. Why does Baldock exit in Scene 1?
4. What covert act must a gentleman occasionally enact, according to Spencer Junior?
5. To what mythical figure does Lancaster compare Gaveston in Scene 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What promises does Edward make to Isabella when she gives him the good news regarding Gaveston?
2. What outrage does Edward commit in this scene regarding Mortimer Senior?
3. Why does Spencer Junior send Levune to France at the end of Act 3?
4. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?
5. Who is captured in the victory against Edward?
6. What is Margaret and Spencer's plan at the end of Scene 1?
7. How is Edward III caught between Kent and Mortimer at the end of Scene 2?
8. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?
9. Describe the space where Edward is kept in Scene 5.
10. Why does Edward part from Gaveston in Scene 4?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1Much 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 2Write an essay about the character of Kent. Does Christopher Marlowe intend Kent to act as a surrogate for the audience, reflecting its sympathies and concerns? With whom does Kent side for the majority of the play? What are his reasons for betraying Edward II and later Mortimer's faction? Are these betrayals understandable? Who is the audience's reaction to Kent's final fate in the fifth act?
Essay Topic 3Unlike many Elizabethan histories, Edward II does not feature a cast of royals with well defined aims and objectives. Write an essay on the haphazard strategies of the princes and nobles of the play, focusing on three parts: Part 1) Edward II, from the beginning of the play, is unable to articulate why he should be king. What, for the first half of the narrative, are his objectives and reasons for going to war? At what point does governance and the crown become important to him? Part 2) Mortimer Junior seems at times to be a conscientious man concerned with England. At other times he seems and ambitious rogue. What does Mortimer want throughout the play? In what ways and why does he so often reverse his own decisions? Part 3) Kent is the everyman of Edward II. Why does he stand by the king long after most other peers have left? What is the final straw for him? Why does he try to make peace with Edward II?
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