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. Why does Mortimer say Gaveston will be more fearful of the nobles on his return to England?

2. Who is updating Gaveston on recent events in Scene 3?

3. How does Pembroke refer to Isabella when the nobles reenter in Scene 4?

4. According to Lancaster in Scene 4, where is the only place that Gaveston is safe?

5. According to Mortimer Junior, who is aiding the Scots?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Lady Margaret?

2. What is Margaret and Spencer's plan at the end of Scene 1?

3. How do the nobles respond to Gaveston's advancement?

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

5. Describe Isabella's and Edward III's reception in France.

6. What request is made of King Edward by the nobles in Act 3, Scene 1?

7. What fears do the nobles have regarding Kent in Scene 3?

8. Describe the reassurances that the Abbot gives Edward II at the beginning of the scene.

9. How does Gaveston die?

10. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The world of Edward II, as presented by Christopher Marlowe, is one in which powerful men and women cannot control the forces that exist around them, try as they might. Write and essay about three attempts of powerful characters to control the world around them and failing. What tactics do they use? How do these tactics prove ineffective? What is the end-result for this character?

Part 1) Edward's attempt to control the nobility

Part 2) Isabella's attempt to influence the French aristocracy

Part 3) Mortimer's attempt to consolidate power in the English Court

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Edward II is a young and cocky monarch who inflames his country with a complete rejection of certain entrenched institutions. Write and essay about these institutions and how he subverts them, focusing on three. In what ways does he subvert the system? How do the vested interests of England rebel? What is the end result?

Part 1) The social hierarchy.

Part 2) The Church.

Part 3) The military.

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