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

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

3. What is the setting in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?
(a) London.
(b) Ravenspurgh.
(c) Berkeley.
(d) Gloucestershire.

4. To whom does Bolingbroke send a message to in Act 3, Scene 1 that he has no ill-will towards?
(a) The Queen.
(b) Richard.
(c) Bagot.
(d) The Duchess of Gloucester.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the first to speak in Act 2, Scene 3?

2. Where does Bushy inform Richard that Gaunt is in Act 1, Scene 4?

3. Who in Ireland is worrying Richard in Act 1, Scene 4?

4. How long is Mowbray banished from England?

5. Who informally swears their allegiance to Bolingbroke in Act 2, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

3. How both Richard and Bolingbroke speak in Act 1, Scene 4? What is different about their speech habits from before?

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

5. What does Gaunt reveal in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

7. What is the Queen doing in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 4? What changes this behavior?

8. How does Act 5, Scene 5 end?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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