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

2. Who announces Gaunt's death?

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

4. What is the double metaphor spoken in the Duchess's first speech of the play?

5. What does York warn Gaunt in Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What happens immediately preceding the official start of the duel?

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

4. What does Richard announce he will do at the end of Act 2, Scene 1? What do we learn will happen upon his doing so?

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

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

7. How is Richard's kingship represented in Act 1, Scene 1?

8. What does Gaunt reveal in Act 1, Scene 2?

9. 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?

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

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

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

York and Gaunt were very adamant about being loyal to the king, whoever the king may have been. We discussed their traditional beliefs. What were these beliefs specifically, and what did following them so strictly say of their character? Was this strict adherence to these beliefs masking anything underneath? Discuss.

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