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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. How are Gaunt and Bolingbroke related?

2. What does Gaunt mock while he speaks with Richard in Act 2, Scene 1?

3. Who invites Bolingbroke to stay at Berkley Castle?

4. : For what day is the duel set?

5. What is the final line of Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Act 3, Scene 3 end?

7. How long is Bolingbroke banished for and how does this change? Why? Why is Gaunt still upset?

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

9. What are the Duchess and the Duke discussing in the beginning of Act 5, Scene 2? What happened in the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the first scene, we see Richard behaving quite fairly and just as a leader. In the second, we are given reason to question his righteousness. By the third scene, we witness Richard banish Bolingbroke for a particularly unclear reason. Describe your experience trusting Richard, and mark the point in the play when you completely understood he was untrustworthy.

Essay Topic 2

The concept of "family" seemed more important to some characters than to others. Describe to whom family was and wasn't important. What were the priorities for the people who found other things to be more important than family?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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