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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. Which of the following is not one of the prophecies alarming the characters of Act 2, Scene 4?

2. Which nation does York refer to as he discusses vanity?

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

4. How are Gaunt and Bolingbroke related?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bushy, Bagot, and Green's different plans at the end of Act 2, Scene 2.

2. How does Richard greet England upon returning from Ireland?

3. Why does the Captain think Richard is dead?

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

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

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

7. What does Bushy announce in Act 1, Scene 4 and how does Richard react?

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

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

10. How does York meet Bolingbroke at Berkley Castle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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