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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 is the double metaphor spoken in the Duchess's first speech of the play?

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

3. "The king reposeth all his confidence in thee." Who says this?

4. How long is Bolingbroke originally banished from England?

5. What is the setting in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would it seem that Exton is going to do in Act 5, Scene 4?

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

3. Of what do Mowbray and Bolingbroke accuse one another in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. What does Richard announce he will do at the end of Act 2, Scene 1? What do we learn will happen upon his doing so?

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

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

7. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

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

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

10. Describe what happens right before the duel between Mowbray and Bolingbroke is to begin.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss themes, symbolisms, motivations, etc. you noticed in the play that were not discussed in class. Compare their relevance to those that were discussed throughout the lessons. Discuss their effect on your overall experience and lasting impression of "Richard II."

Essay Topic 2

Women played a minimal role in "Richard II". Why do you think this is and how would the play have been different if the female characters had stronger roles?

Essay Topic 3

Richard's eloquent speeches were a very important aspect of the play. What did these speeches say of Richard's character? What did they add to the play? Did anyone else speak like Richard?

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