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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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

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?

Essay Topic 2

The world of Edward II, as presented by Christopher Marlowe, is one in which powerful men and women cannot control the forces that exist around them, try as they might. Write and essay about three attempts of powerful characters to control the world around them and failing. What tactics do they use? How do these tactics prove ineffective? What is the end-result for this character?

Part 1) Edward's attempt to control the nobility

Part 2) Isabella's attempt to influence the French aristocracy

Part 3) Mortimer's attempt to consolidate power in the English Court

Essay Topic 3

Betrayal is a constant driver of plot in Edward II. Power players of medieval England make vows to each other which they break quickly for political advancement or due to lack of resolve. Write an essay about betrayal in the play, in three parts:

Part 1) Mortimer Junior vows to his fellow peers that he cannot allow Gaveston to remain in England, but he relents soon thereafter. How is he so easily swayed to change his mind? How does this put the other nobles in danger? Does it display a weakness that will later destroy him?

Part 2) Isabella constantly swears fidelity and love to Edward, but by Act 4, he is championing the cause of Mortimer Junior. Why is this? Do you buy the justification of her betrayal? How does she pay for it in the final scene of the play?

Part 3) Kent twice betrays the side to whom he has sworn fidelity. How are these two betrayals the most understandable to the audience? Are they the result of conscience rather than ambition?

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