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. 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

Christopher Marlowe allows his characters an unusual amount of introspection regarding death. Write an essay regarding several characters ruminations on mortality in the moments before their deaths: Baldock and Spencer Junior, Edward II, and Mortimer Junior. How does each character approach death? How are his words intended to allay the fear that comes from entering the unknown? Is there any broader comfort to be found in these words?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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