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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. To what smith's implement does Edward compare his heart upon his return from seeing Gaveston off?
2. What has Mortimer resolved to do to Gaveston by the end of Scene 2?
3. Spencer and Baldock served what newly-deceased lord?
4. What his happened to Mortimer Senior in Scotland?
5. With what does Edward threaten Mortimer Junior after the brawl of Scene 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?
2. Describe the space where Edward is kept in Scene 5.
3. What does Sir John of Hainault offer the English exiles?
4. How does Edward react to Leicester's departure?
5. What is Margaret and Spencer's plan at the end of Scene 1?
6. How does Edward reward Gaveston when the two are reunited?
7. How does Mortimer Junior convince the other nobles that Gaveston should be recalled?
8. What plan have the nobles mad by the end of Scene 2?
9. What is Mortimer's plan regarding Edward III?
10. How does Gaveston become wounded in Scene 2?
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
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
The world of Edward II, as presented by Christopher Marlowe, is one in which powerful men and women cannot control the forces that exist around them, try as they might. Write and essay about three attempts of powerful characters to control the world around them and failing. What tactics do they use? How do these tactics prove ineffective? What is the end-result for this character?
Part 1) Edward's attempt to control the nobility
Part 2) Isabella's attempt to influence the French aristocracy
Part 3) Mortimer's attempt to consolidate power in the English Court
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