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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bushy do for the Queen in Act 2, Scene 2?

2. Who is Northumberland's son?

3. Who has the longest speech in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. Who are the first characters to enter Act 1, Scene 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

2. How is Richard going to dismantle the finances of England to pay for his war in Ireland?

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

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

5. How does Act 3, Scene 3 end?

6. Summarize Gaunt's conversation with Richard before he dies.

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

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

9. Are Richard and the Queen allowed to be together? Where are they being sent?

10. What do we learn has occurred in Northumberland's circle of Percy and the Duke of Worcester in Act 2, Scene 3? How does Percy introduce himself to Bolingbroke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shakespeare's symbolism of England as sacred ground, a second "Eden" of sorts, was a theme that was heavily used in the play, and something often explored in the lessons. Discuss this symbolism and its most striking examples in the play.

Essay Topic 2

It is probably most peoples' answer that Bolingbroke would make a better king than Richard when it comes to real life. However, Richard certainly fills the shoes of a king's character better. In other words, his character did a better job of "being a king" on stage. Discuss this difference and what Shakespeare might have meant including it with the play.

Essay Topic 3

Bolingbroke's stepping into power seemed to come out of nowhere and escalated rapidly as the earlier scenes played out. Did Bolingbroke ever overstep his boundaries during this time? Describe his rise to power, and compare it to Richard's loss.

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