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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. How does Mortimer Junior characterize Gaveston in Scene 4?
2. Why does Mortimer say Gaveston will be more fearful of the nobles on his return to England?
3. Against what enemy has the Third Poor Man fought?
4. Which Lord does Spencer Junior claim once much preferred him?
5. After Gaveston is carried off in Scene 4, what does Edward say stops his speech?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Edward dealing with Mortimer's escape?
2. How does Gaveston become wounded in Scene 2?
3. Describe Edward and Gaveston's parting in Scene 4.
4. How does Rice Ap Howell track down Edward?
5. Describe the private pleading Mortimer Junior and Lancaster make to Edward.
6. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?
7. How is the English war with Scots references in Scene 4?
8. What expectation does Edward have after giving up his crown?
9. How do the nobles respond to Gaveston's advancement?
10. What fears do the nobles have regarding Kent in Scene 3?
Essay Topic 1
Much of Marlowe's play deal with the relationship of the sovereign to his peers and vice versa. The plot is driven by two men whose understanding of this relationship is unsound. Write an essay about these men in two parts:
Part 1) How does Edward II represent a king who does not understand the responsibilities of his office? To what extent does he want to enjoy all of the perks of kinship without the responsibility? What conflict does this create? What end does Edward meet as a result?
Part 2) What duty does Mortimer Junior owe to his king that he is unwilling to bestow? How does he justify his unwillingness to respect this customary relationship? In what ways are his arguments reasonable, and i what ways is he simply an ambitious over-reacher? How is his demise brought about by this lack of respect for the sovereign-peer relationship?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
For the first half of Edward II, the nobles - though incensed - are clearly wary of openly defying the King with arms. Write an essay, charting the progress from verbal protest to all-out rebellion. What other tactic does the nobility of England use to express its collective displeasure to Edward? How does he react? how does the situation escalate?
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