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

2. At the beginning of Scene 3, how does Edward direct his and and Gaveston's departure?

3. What does Lancaster intend to do with the writ of banishment after Edward signs it?

4. According to the nobles in seem to, how is Gaveston normally positioned with the King in court?

5. Of what relation are the two Mortimers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Edward's state of mind in Scene 5?

2. What is Isabella's end?

3. Describe the space where Edward is kept in Scene 5.

4. To what extent is Mortimer's pride getting the best of him in Scene 4?

5. How does Baldock calm Spencer Junior at the end of Scene 6?

6. How do Matrevis and Gurney mistreat Edward II in Scene 3?

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

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

9. Why is Isabella distraught in Scene 2?

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

Essay Topics

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

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 3

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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