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. From what does Isabella tell Moritmer are her hands sore in Scene 3?

2. What land's ship do the nobles take to pursue Gaveston at the end of Scene 3?

3. Who of Spencer's relations is Gaveston's lover?

4. Which of the following nobles does not leave with King Edward in this scene?

5. In Edward's soliloquy after the nobles leave in Scene 4, whom does he long to kill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Baldock's attitude toward the court?

2. Describe Edward and Gaveston's parting in Scene 4.

3. What is Isabella's end?

4. What is Lightborn's brave plan to kill Edward?

5. How does Edward's support change in Scene 2?

6. How does Edward react to giving up his crown?

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

8. Why does Edward part from Gaveston in Scene 4?

9. How are the nobles and Edward at odds in the first scene in the play?

10. How is Edward dealing with Mortimer's escape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The idea of love - personal, genuine love - is ambiguous and somewhat dangerous element in Marlowe's play. Write an essay about the precarious, perverse ends that love brings in three parts:

Part 1) The most all-consuming love in Edward II is that between the King and Gaveston. Why is Edward so consumed by his love with Gaveston? What does he sacrifice for it? What are the end results of this love for both men?

Part 2) Lady Margaret genuinely loves Gaveston and longs to be his wife. How do Baldock and Spencer Junior use this love as something strategic? What advancement can they gain from it?

Part 3) Isabella genuinely loves Edward, who does not reciprocate it. Write a chronicle of the different reactions Isabella has to these snubs. How does she eventually avail herself of this unrequited love?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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