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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Richard confused about Gaunt's reaction towards Bolingbroke's sentence?
(a) Gaunt told Richard that Bolingbroke had threatened him, and he wanted him exiled.
(b) Richard thought Gaunt was dying, and everyone else was laughing.
(c) Gaunt took part in the verdict decision making.
(d) Gaunt usually does not react so emotionally.

2. "My comfort is that heaven will take our souls and plague injustice with the pains of hell." Who says this?
(a) York.
(b) Bagot.
(c) Green.
(d) Bushy.

3. Of which quality of Bolingbroke does Richard worry?
(a) Bolingbroke is much stronger than Richard.
(b) Bolingbroke is always able to persuade people to take his side.
(c) He is gracious to and loved by the common people.
(d) His intelligence often outsmarted Richard in their youth.

4. Who is fleeing straight to Richard after learning of Bolingbroke's arrival?
(a) The Queen.
(b) Green.
(c) Bushy.
(d) Bagot.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is a quote by Richard in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Who was Richard's uncle and Gaunt's brother?

3. What do the characters decide to do at the end of Act 2, Scene 4?

4. Who stops the duel as it begins?

5. How does York regard Bolingbroke's acting against the king?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the end of Act 5, Scene 1? What does this say of York?

2. Which other scene in the play is Act 4, Scene 1 most comparable to? Why?

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, what does the Duchess of Gloucester seem to be saying she is going to do?

4. What is Richard told has happened to the Welsh army? How does Richard respond?

5. Why does the Captain think Richard is dead?

6. What does Bushy announce in Act 1, Scene 4 and how does Richard react?

7. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

8. Why is the Duke of York not supportive of Bolingbroke's revolution?

9. In the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3 there is information Bolingbroke and Richard each do not know, that the other does. What is this information for each party?

10. How long is Bolingbroke banished for and how does this change? Why? Why is Gaunt still upset?

(see the answer keys)

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