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. Before departing, what does Lancaster swear Edward will soon have for a crown?

2. Who of Spencer's relations is Gaveston's lover?

3. Which two nobles go to Newcastle to muster troops?

4. What his happened to Mortimer Senior in Scotland?

5. Which Lord does Spencer Junior specifically say does not want to serve?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Isabella's and Edward III's reception in France.

2. In what precarious situation are Spencer Junior and Baldock in Act 2, Scene 1?

3. How does Edward discover Mortimer's whereabouts?

4. Who is Lady Margaret?

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

6. What does Sir John of Hainault offer the English exiles?

7. What outrage does Edward commit in this scene regarding Mortimer Senior?

8. How does Gaveston die?

9. Describe the reassurances that the Abbot gives Edward II at the beginning of the scene.

10. What request is made of King Edward by the nobles in Act 3, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For the first half of Edward II, the nobles - though incensed - are clearly wary of openly defying the King with arms. Write an essay, charting the progress from verbal protest to all-out rebellion. What other tactic does the nobility of England use to express its collective displeasure to Edward? How does he react? how does the situation escalate?

Essay Topic 2

Marlowe adeptly connects the larger, international crises of Edward II's England to the private and domestic quarrels the are the centerpiece of the plot. Write an essay, focusing on the two foreign armies that plague England throughout the play. How does Edward react to news of their success? How do major victories for them affect his relationship with the nobles? How are certain of these defeats the result of poor decisions Edward makes throughout the play?

Part 1) France.

Part 2) Scotland.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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