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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. Who is prisoner in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

3. What do Mowbray and Bolingbroke state officially that they are fighting for at the duel?

4. Who is the first to speak in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. Who does Mowbray admit to have scheming against in the past?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gaunt try lifting Bolingbroke's spirits? Does it work?

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

4. How is Richard's kingship represented in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. Why does the Captain think Richard is dead?

6. What does the Queen learn while eavesdropping?

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

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

9. How is Act 1, Scene 1 different after the revelations of Scene 2?

10. How does Bolingbroke handle the murder of Richard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play has been discussed as both a historical and tragic drama. In your opinion, which genre's elements were more relevant by the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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