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. Which of the nobles is a citizen of Wales?

2. According to Mortimer Junior, who is aiding the Scots?

3. What does Warwick believe is the only mean the nobles have of challenging Gaveston?

4. Who does Arundel promise as ransom for Gaveston's temporary reprieve in Scene 4?

5. In Edward's soliloquy after the nobles leave in Scene 4, whom does he long to kill?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gaveston die?

2. How is Edward III caught between Kent and Mortimer at the end of Scene 2?

3. How does Edward discover Mortimer's whereabouts?

4. What is Margaret and Spencer's plan at the end of Scene 1?

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

6. What is Edward's state of mind in Scene 5?

7. What plans does Gaveston upon returning from exile?

8. What is Isabella's end?

9. How are the nobles and Edward at odds in the first scene in the play?

10. How is Kent's attitude toward Mortimer and Isabella changing in this scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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?

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