King Richard II Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Gaunt talking about during his famous speech in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What do the characters decide to do at the end of Act 2, Scene 4?

3. "...for God's substitute, His deputy anointed in His sight..." Who is being referred to here?

4. What was Mowbray supposed to be doing with Richard's uncle when he died?

5. How long is Mowbray banished from England?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize Bushy and Greens' final moments.

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

4. How does Bolingbroke handle the murder of Richard?

5. Describe Richard's condition in the beginning of Act 5, Scene 5. What is he doing?

6. Who in Act 2, Scene 4 tries to persuade the other to remain waiting for Richard? Why?

7. What is Bolingbroke going to do to Bushy and Green in Act 3, Scene 1? What are his reasons for doing so?

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

9. What do Gaunt and York discuss privately in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

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

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

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 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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