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

2. Which noble resolves to murder Gaveston personally on his way to see Edward?

3. Who finally promises to accompany Gaveston on his journey to Edward?

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

5. At the beginning of Scene 3, how does Edward direct his and and Gaveston's departure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rice Ap Howell track down Edward?

2. To what extent is Mortimer's pride getting the best of him in Scene 4?

3. What fears do the nobles have regarding Kent in Scene 3?

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 Baldock's attitude toward the court?

7. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?

8. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?

9. How do Edward and Gaveston react to Isabella's entrance in Scene 4?

10. Why is Isabella distraught in Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Unlike many Elizabethan histories, Edward II does not feature a cast of royals with well defined aims and objectives. Write an essay on the haphazard strategies of the princes and nobles of the play, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Edward II, from the beginning of the play, is unable to articulate why he should be king. What, for the first half of the narrative, are his objectives and reasons for going to war? At what point does governance and the crown become important to him?

Part 2) Mortimer Junior seems at times to be a conscientious man concerned with England. At other times he seems and ambitious rogue. What does Mortimer want throughout the play? In what ways and why does he so often reverse his own decisions?

Part 3) Kent is the everyman of Edward II. Why does he stand by the king long after most other peers have left? What is the final straw for him? Why does he try to make peace with Edward II?

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

Edward II is a man who clearly does not have a clear definition of self. Write an essay exploring his quest for identity in the play. What do his passionate defenses of the unpopular Gaveston and Spencer Junior say about his sense of his place in England? Does he view himself as a king at the beginning of the play? What does his unwillingness to relinquish his crown at the end indicate about his progress over the course of the narrative?

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