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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 many lines are in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. Who is the first character to speak in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. How are Gaunt and Bolingbroke related?

4. What adjective does Richard use to describe Bolingbroke that is condescending?

5. What does Northumberland then confide to Ross and Willoughby in Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are Richard and the Queen allowed to be together? Where are they being sent?

2. How does Bolingbroke handle the murder of Richard?

3. How does York meet Bolingbroke at Berkley Castle?

4. Whose power seems to be stronger as of Act 2, Scene 3: Richard's or Bolingbroke's?

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

6. Summarize Bushy and Greens' final moments.

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

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

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

10. What is Richard told has happened to the Welsh army? How does Richard respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard and Bolingbroke were very different types of kings. Compare and contrast their kingship and their general character traits that made them the kings they were.

Essay Topic 2

Did Bolingbroke want Richard to be killed? Discuss whether or not you believe Exton, that he wanted Richard executed, and what that changes about Bolingbroke's surface layer of nobility.

Essay Topic 3

How is "Richard II," a play hundreds of years old, relevant to our times today? What themes of the play are timeless? What did you see in the play that you see in your daily life?

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