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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. Who is Northumberland's son?

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

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

4. What is Gaunt's final line?

5. What does Richard learn of Gaunt in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long is Bolingbroke banished for and how does this change? Why? Why is Gaunt still upset?

3. Summarize what Bolingbroke claims to be his cause and intent for invading England. How is this unlikely?

4. What is the Queen doing in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 4? What changes this behavior?

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

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

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

8. How does Richard respond immediately after learning of Gaunt's death? Who responds the harshest to this news, and what does he say to Richard?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is reading a play a different experience than reading a novel? Which aspects of "Richard II" were most helpful for you to visualize the events? How would this have been different should "Richard II" have been a novel?

Essay Topic 2

The play has been discussed as both a historical and tragic drama. In your opinion, which genre's elements were more relevant by the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

How is "Richard II," a play hundreds of years old, relevant to our times today? What themes of the play are timeless? What did you see in the play that you see in your daily life?

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