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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. : For what day is the duel set?

2. For whom does Richard reduce Bolingbroke's sentence?

3. Who informally swears their allegiance to Bolingbroke in Act 2, Scene 3?

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

5. What is the major concern of Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose well-being is Bolingbroke concerned about after dismissing Bushy and Green to their execution? What does he do to ensure this well-being?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Exton say Bolingbroke spoke twice in Act 5, Scene 4?

6. How does York meet Bolingbroke at Berkley Castle?

7. Which other scene in the play is Act 4, Scene 1 most comparable to? Why?

8. Describe Richard's condition in the beginning of Act 5, Scene 5. What is he doing?

9. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are numerous displays of power and people yielding to that power in "Richard II". What were some of the most important examples of this, and what does it say about the characters who acted in this way? Think about how loyalties changed over the course of the play when addressing this question.

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