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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. What is Gaunt talking about during his famous speech in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Family.
(b) Life.
(c) Richard.
(d) England.

2. Why does Gaunt seem aloof to his brother's death?
(a) He is the one who has killed the Duke.
(b) He has put the tragedy behind him, and is trying to move on with his life.
(c) He is in love with the Duchess.
(d) He believes God will properly judge who is guilty.

3. What is the final line of Act 2, Scene 4?
(a) "I see thy glory like a shooting star."
(b) "And crossly to thy good all fortune goes."
(c) "Witnessing storms to come, woe and unrest."
(d) "Ah, Richard! With the eyes of heavy mind."

4. What is the last line of Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) "A while to work, and after holiday."
(b) "With letters of your love to her at large."
(c) "Thanks, gentle uncle. Come, lords, away."
(d) "And plague injustice with the pains of hell."

5. Who stops the duel as it begins?
(a) Gaunt.
(b) The Duchess of Gloucester.
(c) Richard.
(d) The Queen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who addresses Bolingbroke as "Lord Hereford" in Act 2, Scene 3?

2. What do Bolingbroke and Mowbray accuse one another of?

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

4. Where is the setting of Act 1, Scene 4?

5. How long is Mowbray banished from England?

Short Essay Questions

1. When is it apparent in the play that Richard will be succeeded?

2. Summarize Bushy and Greens' final moments.

3. How does Richard respond immediately after learning of Gaunt's death? Who responds the harshest to this news, and what does he say to Richard?

4. How does Richard greet England upon returning from Ireland?

5. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

6. Summarize what Bolingbroke claims to be his cause and intent for invading England. How is this unlikely?

7. Whose well-being is Bolingbroke concerned about after dismissing Bushy and Green to their execution? What does he do to ensure this well-being?

8. How does Act 3, Scene 3 end?

9. What does the Duchess of Gloucester beg for Gaunt to do in Act 1, Scene 2? How does he respond?

10. How is Richard comforted in Act 3, Scene 2?

(see the answer keys)

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