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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 characters are in Act 2, Scene 4?

2. Who tells of Bolingbroke's arrival in England?

3. Who is Woodstock?

4. How many lines are in Act 2, Scene 4?

5. Which characters are in Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Duke of York not supportive of Bolingbroke's revolution?

2. Why does the Captain think Richard is dead?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the major revelation of Act 1, Scene 4?

8. How both Richard and Bolingbroke speak in Act 1, Scene 4? What is different about their speech habits from before?

9. In the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3 there is information Bolingbroke and Richard each do not know, that the other does. What is this information for each party?

10. Who is arriving at Ravenspurgh in Act 2, Scene 2? What does this mean?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Richard and Bolingbroke exuded an "opposite parallelism" throughout the entire play. When Richard was powerful, Bolingbroke was not, and vice versa. The degrees of this parallelism seemed to correlate with one another throughout the story as well. Discuss this connection using examples from the play and what it meant for the story.

Essay Topic 2

Who do you think lived by their values the most throughout the story? Who did not? Discuss morality in the characters, and how you think this affected their behavior.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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