Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the beginning of the scene, Mortimer Junior brings news that what country is invading Normandy?
2. Which Lord does Spencer Junior specifically say does not want to serve?
3. What does Mortimer Junior threaten to do if Gaveston return to England?
4. According to the nobles in seem to, how is Gaveston normally positioned with the King in court?
5. What does Mortimer Junior fear regarding Gaveston in Ireland?
Short Essay Questions
1. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?
2. How does Isabella greet the victory of Scene 5?
3. Describe the space where Edward is kept in Scene 5.
4. How does Edward react to giving up his crown?
5. How do the nobles respond to Gaveston's advancement?
6. What does Sir John of Hainault offer the English exiles?
7. How is Edward dealing with Mortimer's escape?
8. How does Edward's support change in Scene 2?
9. In what precarious situation are Spencer Junior and Baldock in Act 2, Scene 1?
10. Why does Edward agree to Gaveston's exile?
Write an essay examining the motivations and essential character of Mortimer Junior. What are his grievances against the King? Are they well-founded, and does he defend them in reasonable ways? Is he, in the end, merely an ambitious charlatan who wants only to consolidate power? Is ahe a concerned peer of England? Does he exist somewhere in between? Cite from the text to defend your position.
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?
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?
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