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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. Who is Bolingbroke's father?
(a) Sir Henry Green.
(b) Earl of Northumberland.
(c) Lord Ross.
(d) Gaunt.

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

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

4. What do Bolingbroke and Mowbray accuse one another of?
(a) Treason.
(b) Adultery.
(c) Kidnapping.
(d) Thief.

5. What does Northumberland then confide to Ross and Willoughby in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) That Bolingbroke is returning to England with an army.
(b) That he is going to join Richard in his invasion of Ireland.
(c) That he killed Gaunt.
(d) That he is secretly planning to assassinate Richard.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the setting of Act 1, Scene 2?

2. How many characters are in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. How will Richard handle the situation in Ireland?

4. How many lines are in Act 2, Scene 4?

5. How does Bolingbroke justify executing the prisoners?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens immediately preceding the official start of the duel?

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

3. How does Bolingbroke handle the murder of Richard?

4. What worries the men in Act 2, Scene 4?

5. What do Richard and the Queen seem to be more pained by: losing the monarchy or each other? Why?

6. What happens after Aumerle and his family enter Act 5, Scene 3?

7. Whose power seems to be stronger as of Act 2, Scene 3: Richard's or Bolingbroke's?

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

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

10. Who is arriving at Ravenspurgh in Act 2, Scene 2? What does this mean?

(see the answer keys)

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