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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 setting of Act 3, Scene 1?

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

3. Who is Woodstock?

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

5. "Though banish'd, yet a true born Englishman." Who says this quote?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Captain think Richard is dead?

2. How long have the Captain and Salisbury been waiting for Richard? Have they heard from them? Who else is waiting with them?

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

4. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

5. What is the news that ultimately destroys Richard's spirits? What does he do?

6. Why doesn't Richard trust Bolingbroke's relationship with the people of England?

7. What does Exton say Bolingbroke spoke twice in Act 5, Scene 4?

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

9. Whose well-being is Bolingbroke concerned about after dismissing Bushy and Green to their execution? What does he do to ensure this well-being?

10. Summarize Bushy and Greens' final moments.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

York and Gaunt were very adamant about being loyal to the king, whoever the king may have been. We discussed their traditional beliefs. What were these beliefs specifically, and what did following them so strictly say of their character? Was this strict adherence to these beliefs masking anything underneath? Discuss.

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

The previous question deals with tracking the audiences' distrust with Richard. However, the play is written so you lose trust for Richard but then begin to sympathize with him again. How does this begin to happen? By the end of the play, what emotions were associated with Richard? What was more profound, your dislike of him in the beginning or your regret for his loss at the end?

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