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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. Which of the following is a quote by Richard in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Which character officially swears in Mowbray and Bolingbroke at the duel?

3. Which nation does York refer to as he discusses vanity?

4. What do Northumberland, Ross, and Willoughby discuss after Richard leaves Act 2, Scene 1?

5. Who is the last to speak in Act 2, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Are Richard and the Queen allowed to be together? Where are they being sent?

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

5. Describe Bushy, Bagot, and Green's different plans at the end of Act 2, Scene 2.

6. How does Richard greet England upon returning from Ireland?

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

8. What is the conversation in Flint Castle between Richard and Aumerle immediately following the one with Northumberland?

9. What happens after Aumerle and his family enter Act 5, Scene 3?

10. Why doesn't Richard trust Bolingbroke's relationship with the people of England?

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

The concept of "family" seemed more important to some characters than to others. Describe to whom family was and wasn't important. What were the priorities for the people who found other things to be more important than family?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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