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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. Where is Gaunt to go after Act 1, Scene 2?

2. How long has the Welsh army been waiting for Richard?

3. Who are the first characters to enter Act 1, Scene 3?

4. What adjective does Richard use to describe Bolingbroke that is condescending?

5. What is the last line of Act 3, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the end of Act 5, Scene 1? What does this say of York?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the overall mood of Act 2, Scene 2?

7. How does Act 5, Scene 5 end?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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