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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. With what does Edward threaten Mortimer Junior after the brawl of Scene 2?
2. Who finally promises to accompany Gaveston on his journey to Edward?
3. What his happened to Mortimer Senior in Scotland?
4. What part of Edward's body does he chastise Gaveston not to kiss?
5. What new honor does Edward give Mortimer Junior in thanks for Gaveston's return?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Edward agree to Gaveston's exile?
2. What revenge does Gaveston have on the Bishop of Coventry, and why?
3. Why does Spencer Junior send Levune to France at the end of Act 3?
4. Who orders Kent's execution and how?
5. What promises does Edward make to Isabella when she gives him the good news regarding Gaveston?
6. Why does Isabella appeal specifically to Mortimer in this scene?
7. How is the English war with Scots references in Scene 4?
8. What plan have the nobles mad by the end of Scene 2?
9. Describe the private pleading Mortimer Junior and Lancaster make to Edward.
10. How does Edward discover Mortimer's whereabouts?
Essay Topic 1
Betrayal is a constant driver of plot in Edward II. Power players of medieval England make vows to each other which they break quickly for political advancement or due to lack of resolve. Write an essay about betrayal in the play, in three parts:
Part 1) Mortimer Junior vows to his fellow peers that he cannot allow Gaveston to remain in England, but he relents soon thereafter. How is he so easily swayed to change his mind? How does this put the other nobles in danger? Does it display a weakness that will later destroy him?
Part 2) Isabella constantly swears fidelity and love to Edward, but by Act 4, he is championing the cause of Mortimer Junior. Why is this? Do you buy the justification of her betrayal? How does she pay for it in the final scene of the play?
Part 3) Kent twice betrays the side to whom he has sworn fidelity. How are these two betrayals the most understandable to the audience? Are they the result of conscience rather than ambition?
Essay Topic 2
For the first half of Edward II, the nobles - though incensed - are clearly wary of openly defying the King with arms. Write an essay, charting the progress from verbal protest to all-out rebellion. What other tactic does the nobility of England use to express its collective displeasure to Edward? How does he react? how does the situation escalate?
Essay Topic 3
The play of Edward II focuses on the scripture of the English class system, in which people are born into their station and social mobility is looked upon with disdain. Focusing on three characters, write an essay on social mobility in the play. How does each character view himself in the pecking order? How does he seek to improve his station? What is his attitude toward the system as a whole?
Part 1) Gaveston
Part 2) Mortimer Junior
Part 3) Spencer Junior and Baldock
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