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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. To whom does Edward say he will complain of the malefactions of Mortimer and Isabella?
2. At the beginning of the scene, for what the only thing that Edward longs?
3. Of what is the abbot assuring Edward at the beginning of the scene?
4. Who is not with King Edward in Scene 5?
5. In his long speech regarding relinquishing his crown, how long does Edward beg Leicester and Winchester allow him to remain king?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the character of Kent. Does Christopher Marlowe intend Kent to act as a surrogate for the audience, reflecting its sympathies and concerns? With whom does Kent side for the majority of the play? What are his reasons for betraying Edward II and later Mortimer's faction? Are these betrayals understandable? Who is the audience's reaction to Kent's final fate in the fifth act?
Essay Topic 3
Edward III, the young prince of Marlowe's play, is portrayed as the closest thing to a hope for the future of England. Write an essay about this supporting but imperative character, his initial hesitancy to take power and his eventual moral rectitude int he final moments of the play. In the essay focus on the plot points: his journey to France with Isabella, his feeble defense of Kent, and his confrontation with Mortimer and his mother. How do these points demonstrate a strong character journey?
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