|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does Edward send Gaveston for banishment?
2. Where does Lady Margaret put the letter after she has read it in Scene 1?
3. To which of the following items does Mortimer compare the king in his jousting crest?
4. With what title do Spencer and Margaret refer to Gaveston throughout Scene 1?
5. To what smith's implement does Edward compare his heart upon his return from seeing Gaveston off?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Gaveston die?
2. Why does Isabella want Edward dead?
3. To what extent is Mortimer's pride getting the best of him in Scene 4?
4. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?
5. Describe Lightborn.
6. Who orders Kent's execution and how?
7. How does Edward discover Mortimer's whereabouts?
8. Describe the reassurances that the Abbot gives Edward II at the beginning of the scene.
9. What is Baldock's attitude toward the court?
10. What fears do the nobles have regarding Kent in Scene 3?
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
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
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.
This section contains 905 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)