King Richard II Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Of what do Mowbray and Bolingbroke accuse one another in Act 1, Scene 1?

Both men accuse one another of treason. Bolingbroke says Mowbray kept money he was supposed to pay the army with for himself and that he killed the Duke of Gloucester.

2. How is Richard's kingship represented in Act 1, Scene 1?

Richard comes across as very fair and even-minded in the first scene. He listens to both men's arguments and lets them offer a rebuttal. His decision for them to duel seems to be fair, considering the times, circumstances, and attitudes of Mowbray and Bolingbroke.

3. What does Mowbray admit to during the feud of the first scene?

Mowbray admits that he schemed against Gaunt, but he apologizes. Mowbray also admits that he failed Gloucester by not watching him closely enough when he was killed, but that he did not kill him.

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