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. Where is Lady Margaret ordered to go in her second letter?

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

3. Who does Arundel promise as ransom for Gaveston's temporary reprieve in Scene 4?

4. Unto whom does Pembroke entrust Gaveston at the end of Scene 4?

5. With whom does Edward accuse Isabella of being too familiar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Edward III caught between Kent and Mortimer at the end of Scene 2?

3. What is Edward's state of mind in Scene 5?

4. Why does Isabella appeal specifically to Mortimer in this scene?

5. What outrage does Edward commit in this scene regarding Mortimer Senior?

6. Who is captured in the victory against Edward?

7. Why does Spencer Junior send Levune to France at the end of Act 3?

8. How does Rice Ap Howell track down Edward?

9. What is Isabella's end?

10. Who is Lady Margaret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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