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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. What his happened to Mortimer Senior in Scotland?
2. Who do Lancaster and Mortimer say no longer inhabits the court?
3. With whom does Edward accuse Isabella of being too familiar?
4. At the beginning of Scene 3, how does Edward direct his and and Gaveston's departure?
5. What does Mortimer threaten Edward if he do not agree to Gaveston's exile?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Rice Ap Howell track down Edward?
2. Describe Edward and Gaveston's parting in Scene 4.
3. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?
4. How does Gaveston become wounded in Scene 2?
5. What request does Edward make of the nobles via Arundel?
6. What request is made of King Edward by the nobles in Act 3, Scene 1?
7. What is Isabella's end?
8. In what precarious situation are Spencer Junior and Baldock in Act 2, Scene 1?
9. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?
10. What outrage does Edward commit in this scene regarding Mortimer Senior?
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
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
Write an essay about the character of Kent. Does Christopher Marlowe intend Kent to act as a surrogate for the audience, reflecting its sympathies and concerns? With whom does Kent side for the majority of the play? What are his reasons for betraying Edward II and later Mortimer's faction? Are these betrayals understandable? Who is the audience's reaction to Kent's final fate in the fifth act?
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