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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. "Well, he is gone, and with him go these thoughts." Who says this?

2. Who announces Gaunt's death?

3. What is Gaunt talking about during his famous speech in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. Who does Bolingbroke put in charge of escorting the prisoners away?

5. What is Richard's reaction towards the news of Gaunt he receives in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Richard going to dismantle the finances of England to pay for his war in Ireland?

3. What worries the men in Act 2, Scene 4?

4. What do we learn has occurred in Northumberland's circle of Percy and the Duke of Worcester in Act 2, Scene 3? How does Percy introduce himself to Bolingbroke?

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

6. What is the news that ultimately destroys Richard's spirits? What does he do?

7. How is Richard comforted in Act 3, Scene 2?

8. How does Act 5, Scene 5 end?

9. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The previous question deals with tracking the audiences' distrust with Richard. However, the play is written so you lose trust for Richard but then begin to sympathize with him again. How does this begin to happen? By the end of the play, what emotions were associated with Richard? What was more profound, your dislike of him in the beginning or your regret for his loss at the end?

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