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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Edward III want to do at the beginning of Scene 2?
2. Who is the "gloomy fellow" Spencer mentions in Scene 5 (IV.vi.29)?
3. At the closing of Edward's revenge pledge in Scene 1, whom does he adopt and bestow titles?
4. According to Matrevis in the beginning of Scene 3, men are meant to live in what?
5. Who does Isabella credit with winning battle when she enters in Scene 5?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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