Edward II: The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable End of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. At the beginning of the scene, Mortimer Junior brings news that what country is invading Normandy?

2. Which Lord does Spencer Junior specifically say does not want to serve?

3. What does Mortimer Junior threaten to do if Gaveston return to England?

4. According to the nobles in seem to, how is Gaveston normally positioned with the King in court?

5. What does Mortimer Junior fear regarding Gaveston in Ireland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?

2. How does Isabella greet the victory of Scene 5?

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

4. How does Edward react to giving up his crown?

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

6. What does Sir John of Hainault offer the English exiles?

7. How is Edward dealing with Mortimer's escape?

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

9. In what precarious situation are Spencer Junior and Baldock in Act 2, Scene 1?

10. Why does Edward agree to Gaveston's exile?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Queen Isabella is perhaps the most dynamic character in the play, moving from wronged woman to warrior to conniver. Write an essay charting this progress and focusing on these three manifestations. What does she want from Edward II at the beginning of the play, and at what point does she give up on this hope? What does her relationship with Mortimer Junior say about her position in the conflict between Edward and the nobles? How does her personality change in the final two acts?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between Gaveston and Edward II is both intense and ambiguous. Write an essay about it, dissecting its purpose within the plot. Does Gaveston ever make mention of his social advancement through Edward? What are the nobles' concerns regarding him? Does Marlowe ever make explicit reference to homosexuality in the play? What does Edward's passionate attachment to Gaveston represent in the world of the play?

Essay Topic 3

For the first half of Edward II, the nobles - though incensed - are clearly wary of openly defying the King with arms. Write an essay, charting the progress from verbal protest to all-out rebellion. What other tactic does the nobility of England use to express its collective displeasure to Edward? How does he react? how does the situation escalate?

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