Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
The character of Edward II seems at times to be a man with a kingdom thrust upon him. He does not want, initially, to concern himself with the acts of kinship. Write an essay on Edward's relationship with governance in three parts:
Part 1) Gaveston is Edward's dear partner, but he represents something more essential in Edward's personality. How is Gaveston indicative of Edward's desire not to be a leader? How does he represent Edward's egoism?
Part 2) Describe the larger political events that swirl around Edward as he focuses on his personal happiness. What happens with France and Scotland? How do the nobles react? What comments does Edward make regarding his attitude toward his realm?
Part 3) At the end of Edward II, the titular character is transformed. How does loss render Edward a new outlook on the realities of kinship? Whatis his deepest relationship after Gaveston and Spencer Junior are gone?
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?
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