Edward II: The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable End of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what is the abbot assuring Edward at the beginning of the scene?

2. What information about Isabella does Kent reveal in his soliloquy in Scene 5?

3. In Mortimer's soliloquy in Scene 4, who does he say commands him?

4. Who does Isabella credit with winning battle when she enters in Scene 5?

5. What is Edward's mother's name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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