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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Bolingbroke justify executing the prisoners?
(a) He knows they were both about to murder.
(b) He says it is a favor to the Christian church.
(c) He says God tells him to do it.
(d) He says it is a favor to the king.

2. Which of the following is not one of the prophecies alarming the characters of Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Meteors.
(b) Endless rain.
(c) Ruffians dancing.
(d) The moon looks bloody.

3. "Where then, alas, may I complain myself?" Who says this?
(a) Gaunt.
(b) Richard.
(c) The Duchess of Gloucester.
(d) Woodstock.

4. What is the double metaphor spoken in the Duchess's first speech of the play?
(a) A crying baby; nurses working corruptly.
(b) Rose petals; a dagger dripping blood.
(c) Vials of blood; branches from one root.
(d) Doves flying; a harp playing angel.

5. What do the characters decide to do at the end of Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) They will not stay.
(b) They will invade Ireland on their own.
(c) They will kill themselves.
(d) They will wait.

6. What is the biggest concern in Act 2, Scene 2 regarding the war in Ireland?
(a) Paying for it.
(b) Defeating the rebels.
(c) The weather is miserable and men are dying of illness.
(d) The fact that the war is on Irish soil, and not at home.

7. Who is the first to speak in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Northumberland.
(b) York.
(c) Richard.
(d) Gaunt.

8. What is Richard's reaction towards the news of Gaunt he receives in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) He hopes Bolingbroke does not learn of the news, upsetting him in his exile.
(b) He hopes to seize Gaunt's property.
(c) He hopes to marry Gaunt's wife.
(d) He is devastated.

9. What is Gaunt's final line?
(a) "Words, life and all old Lancaster hath spent."
(b) "Live in thy shame, but die not shame with thee."
(c) "Love they to live that love and honour have."
(d) "Convey me to my bed, then to my grave."

10. Which characters are in Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) Salisbury and Captain.
(b) Salisbury, Captain, and Lord Marshall.
(c) None of these is correct.
(d) Salisbury, Berkley, and five sergeants.

11. For whom does Richard reduce Bolingbroke's sentence?
(a) Gaunt.
(b) The Queen.
(c) The Duchess of Gloucester.
(d) Lord Marshal.

12. What do Northumberland, Ross, and Willoughby discuss after Richard leaves Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Their disgust of Richard.
(b) The war in Ireland.
(c) Bolingbroke's loss of property.
(d) All three answers are correct.

13. What does Gaunt mock while he speaks with Richard in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) His name.
(b) His wife's cooking.
(c) His sickness.
(d) His son's exile.

14. Who informally swears their allegiance to Bolingbroke in Act 2, Scene 3?
(a) York.
(b) Northumberland.
(c) Ross.
(d) Percy.

15. Who is upset over Richard's absence in Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) The Queen.
(b) Bushy.
(c) The Duke of York.
(d) Green.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many gold coins does Bolingbroke accuse Mowbray of withholding from the army?

2. What does Richard learn of Gaunt in Act 1, Scene 4?

3. Who of the following is not a character in Act 2, Scene 3?

4. Which is the final line of Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Why don't Bolingbroke and Mowbray forgive one another?

(see the answer keys)

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