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. What does Baldock protest he despises about the court?

2. Which two nobles go to Newcastle to muster troops?

3. Which vice does Mortimer Junior say is the "venom" that Gaveston has brought to the realm (I.ii.31)?

4. Who is the first noble that Edward publicly forgives after Gaveston is repealed in Scene 4?

5. Who finally promises to accompany Gaveston on his journey to Edward?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Lady Margaret?

3. How does Gaveston die?

4. Who orders Kent's execution and how?

5. Why is Isabella distraught in Scene 2?

6. What expectation does Edward have after giving up his crown?

7. How do Edward and Gaveston react to Isabella's entrance in Scene 4?

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

9. How does Edward's support change in Scene 2?

10. What is the state of the Bishop of Coventry in Scene 2?

Essay 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

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

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the noble's as a group. What does Marlowe intend to say about the nobility of this time? Are they unified for a single purpose, or is each separately focused on personal advancement? At which points over the course of the narrative do individual nobles break from the collective will of the group? Which nobles are they, and why does each choose to break ranks? What is Marlowe saying about the way that history is made by individual men?

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