Edward II: The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable End of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer Test | Lesson Plans 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. At the beginning of the scene, Mortimer Junior brings news that what country is invading Normandy?

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

3. What does Mortimer Junior threaten to do if Gaveston return to England?

4. According to the nobles in seem to, how is Gaveston normally positioned with the King in court?

5. What does Mortimer Junior fear regarding Gaveston in Ireland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?

2. How does Isabella greet the victory of Scene 5?

3. Describe the space where Edward is kept in Scene 5.

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

5. How do the nobles respond to Gaveston's advancement?

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

7. How is Edward dealing with Mortimer's escape?

8. How does Edward's support change in Scene 2?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Edward II is a young and cocky monarch who inflames his country with a complete rejection of certain entrenched institutions. Write and essay about these institutions and how he subverts them, focusing on three. In what ways does he subvert the system? How do the vested interests of England rebel? What is the end result?

Part 1) The social hierarchy.

Part 2) The Church.

Part 3) The military.

Essay Topic 2

Edward III, the young prince of Marlowe's play, is portrayed as the closest thing to a hope for the future of England. Write an essay about this supporting but imperative character, his initial hesitancy to take power and his eventual moral rectitude int he final moments of the play. In the essay focus on the plot points: his journey to France with Isabella, his feeble defense of Kent, and his confrontation with Mortimer and his mother. How do these points demonstrate a strong character journey?

Essay Topic 3

Queen Isabella is perhaps the most dynamic character in the play, moving from wronged woman to warrior to conniver. Write an essay charting this progress and focusing on these three manifestations. What does she want from Edward II at the beginning of the play, and at what point does she give up on this hope? What does her relationship with Mortimer Junior say about her position in the conflict between Edward and the nobles? How does her personality change in the final two acts?

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