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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. Why can Edward not commit Mortimer Junior to the Tower?
2. What land's ship do the nobles take to pursue Gaveston at the end of Scene 3?
3. Which Lord does Spencer Junior claim once much preferred him?
4. Why does Mortimer say Gaveston will be more fearful of the nobles on his return to England?
5. What does Warwick believe is the only mean the nobles have of challenging Gaveston?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Isabella distraught in Scene 2?
2. In what precarious situation are Spencer Junior and Baldock in Act 2, Scene 1?
3. What does Sir John of Hainault offer the English exiles?
4. How do the nobles respond to Gaveston's advancement?
5. What plan have the nobles mad by the end of Scene 2?
6. How does Edward reward Gaveston when the two are reunited?
7. Why does Spencer Junior send Levune to France at the end of Act 3?
8. What revenge does Gaveston have on the Bishop of Coventry, and why?
9. What outrage does Edward commit in this scene regarding Mortimer Senior?
10. What plans does Gaveston upon returning from exile?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Christopher Marlowe allows his characters an unusual amount of introspection regarding death. Write an essay regarding several characters ruminations on mortality in the moments before their deaths: Baldock and Spencer Junior, Edward II, and Mortimer Junior. How does each character approach death? How are his words intended to allay the fear that comes from entering the unknown? Is there any broader comfort to be found in these words?
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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