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. Which of Edwards warders is ordered to give up custody of the deposed king at the end of Scene 1?

2. How does the Earl of Kent refer to his brother Edward in Scene 1?

3. What does Edward II intend to do as his armies are being defeated?

4. Why have Edward and his peers not arrived in Ireland?

5. Mortimer has arranged a horse for Lightborn at points how many miles apart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Edward II seems at times to be a man with a kingdom thrust upon him. He does not want, initially, to concern himself with the acts of kinship. Write an essay on Edward's relationship with governance in three parts:

Part 1) Gaveston is Edward's dear partner, but he represents something more essential in Edward's personality. How is Gaveston indicative of Edward's desire not to be a leader? How does he represent Edward's egoism?

Part 2) Describe the larger political events that swirl around Edward as he focuses on his personal happiness. What happens with France and Scotland? How do the nobles react? What comments does Edward make regarding his attitude toward his realm?

Part 3) At the end of Edward II, the titular character is transformed. How does loss render Edward a new outlook on the realities of kinship? Whatis his deepest relationship after Gaveston and Spencer Junior are gone?

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

Write an essay on the representation of evil in Edward II. Begin with the character of Lightborn as Marlowe's demonic creation; then examine some of the more subtle and ambiguous forms of evil in the story. Are there any major players that are completely malevolent? Does almost every major figure display some capacity for evil deeds? What is Marlowe saying about human nature with this cast of characters?

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