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. What does Edward swear to send Gaveston?

2. Who exits with Gaveston guarded in Scene 4?

3. At the beginning of the scene, Mortimer Junior brings news that what country is invading Normandy?

4. What present role does Spencer Junior tell Baldock her must cast off to come to court?

5. Over what two forms of execution do the nobles argue regarding Gaveston in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Matrevis and Gurney mistreat Edward II in Scene 3?

2. How does Rice Ap Howell track down Edward?

3. What is Isabella's end?

4. How does Mortimer fall from grace in the final scene?

5. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?

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

7. Who orders Kent's execution and how?

8. Who is Lady Margaret?

9. How does Edward react to giving up his crown?

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

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 2

Write an essay about the character of Kent. Does Christopher Marlowe intend Kent to act as a surrogate for the audience, reflecting its sympathies and concerns? With whom does Kent side for the majority of the play? What are his reasons for betraying Edward II and later Mortimer's faction? Are these betrayals understandable? Who is the audience's reaction to Kent's final fate in the fifth act?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the noble's as a group. What does Marlowe intend to say about the nobility of this time? Are they unified for a single purpose, or is each separately focused on personal advancement? At which points over the course of the narrative do individual nobles break from the collective will of the group? Which nobles are they, and why does each choose to break ranks? What is Marlowe saying about the way that history is made by individual men?

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