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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 Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Betrayal is a constant driver of plot in Edward II. Power players of medieval England make vows to each other which they break quickly for political advancement or due to lack of resolve. Write an essay about betrayal in the play, in three parts:
Part 1) Mortimer Junior vows to his fellow peers that he cannot allow Gaveston to remain in England, but he relents soon thereafter. How is he so easily swayed to change his mind? How does this put the other nobles in danger? Does it display a weakness that will later destroy him?
Part 2) Isabella constantly swears fidelity and love to Edward, but by Act 4, he is championing the cause of Mortimer Junior. Why is this? Do you buy the justification of her betrayal? How does she pay for it in the final scene of the play?
Part 3) Kent twice betrays the side to whom he has sworn fidelity. How are these two betrayals the most understandable to the audience? Are they the result of conscience rather than ambition?
Essay Topic 3
In Marlowe's medieval England, murder is a carefully chosen and strategically effective means for altering the political dynamics of the realm. Write an essay about the key murders of the play and their effects in three parts:
Part 1) What are the noble's essential issues with Gaveston, and what other tactics do they attempt before murdering him? What is the final straw for the nobles, and what do they achieve with Gaveston's murder?
Part 2) Who decides that Kent must die, and how does he go about accomplishing this end? What is Kent's role in the political world of Edward II, and how does his removal change the dynamic?
Part 3) The murder of a king i s a major decision, rife with awful possibilities. Why do Isabella and Mortimer Junior decide to have Edward II killed after he is deposed? What do they hope to achieve? What is the ultimate result of this murder?
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