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. To whom is the Bishop of Canterbury writing in Scene 2?

2. Which of the following nobles does not leave with King Edward in this scene?

3. What city does Gaveston declare that he loves as he would Elysium?

4. What does Warwick believe is the only mean the nobles have of challenging Gaveston?

5. From whom is the letter that Lady Margaret carries with her in Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What orders does Mortimer give Matrevas and Gurney?

3. How does Edward reward Gaveston when the two are reunited?

4. What expectation does Edward have after giving up his crown?

5. What is Lightborn's brave plan to kill Edward?

6. How does Gaveston die?

7. What revenge does Gaveston have on the Bishop of Coventry, and why?

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

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

10. What are the fates of Edward, Spencer Junior and Baldock after they are discovered?

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

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?

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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