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. After Gaveston is carried off in Scene 4, what does Edward say stops his speech?

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

3. Which of the nobles is a citizen of Wales?

4. What does Isabella wish would happen to Gaveston at the end of Scene 3?

5. What does Mortimer threaten Edward if he do not agree to Gaveston's exile?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gaveston die?

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

4. How is the English war with Scots references in Scene 4?

5. Who orders Kent's execution and how?

6. What fate befalls the nobles in Scene 3?

7. Why does Spencer Junior send Levune to France at the end of Act 3?

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

9. Why does Isabella want Edward dead?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Marlowe's medieval England, murder is a carefully chosen and strategically effective means for altering the political dynamics of the realm. Write an essay about the key murders of the play and their effects in three parts:

Part 1) What are the noble's essential issues with Gaveston, and what other tactics do they attempt before murdering him? What is the final straw for the nobles, and what do they achieve with Gaveston's murder?

Part 2) Who decides that Kent must die, and how does he go about accomplishing this end? What is Kent's role in the political world of Edward II, and how does his removal change the dynamic?

Part 3) The murder of a king i s a major decision, rife with awful possibilities. Why do Isabella and Mortimer Junior decide to have Edward II killed after he is deposed? What do they hope to achieve? What is the ultimate result of this murder?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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