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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. Whom does Edward send to fight the rebellious Scots in this scene?
2. What does Edward swear to send Gaveston?
3. What does Warwick believe is the only mean the nobles have of challenging Gaveston?
4. What has Mortimer resolved to do to Gaveston by the end of Scene 2?
5. Why does Baldock exit in Scene 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Isabella's position on Gavestone change during her soliloquy?
2. Describe Edward and Gaveston's parting in Scene 4.
3. What is Lightborn's brave plan to kill Edward?
4. How does Isabella greet the victory of Scene 5?
5. Describe Isabella's and Edward III's reception in France.
6. How is Kent's attitude toward Mortimer and Isabella changing in this scene?
7. How does Mortimer fall from grace in the final scene?
8. Who orders Kent's execution and how?
9. What is Margaret and Spencer's plan at the end of Scene 1?
10. How does Gaveston die?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the noble's as a group. What does Marlowe intend to say about the nobility of this time? Are they unified for a single purpose, or is each separately focused on personal advancement? At which points over the course of the narrative do individual nobles break from the collective will of the group? Which nobles are they, and why does each choose to break ranks? What is Marlowe saying about the way that history is made by individual men?
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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