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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 in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

2. Who is Gaunt alluding to have killed the Duke of Gloucester as he speaks alone with the Duchess?

3. What are the prophecies discussed in Act 2, Scene 4 supposed to forewarn?

4. Who is the first to speak in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. Who is the first character to speak in Act 1, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which other scene in the play is Act 4, Scene 1 most comparable to? Why?

4. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

5. How does Act 3, Scene 3 end?

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

7. Who is sent to meet with Richard inside Flint Castle? What happens?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard's eloquent speeches were a very important aspect of the play. What did these speeches say of Richard's character? What did they add to the play? Did anyone else speak like Richard?

Essay Topic 2

There are many acts of compassion throughout the play. Describe some of the most important examples of this of compassion that you witnessed. Discuss the irony of who performed these acts and the situations surrounding them.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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