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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. How many gold coins does Bolingbroke accuse Mowbray of withholding from the army?

2. What are the prophecies discussed in Act 2, Scene 4 supposed to forewarn?

3. Who is prisoner in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. Which of the following is not one of the prophecies alarming the characters of Act 2, Scene 4?

5. Where does Richard say he is to go immediately following Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Captain think Richard is dead?

2. What does the Queen learn while eavesdropping?

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, what does the Duchess of Gloucester seem to be saying she is going to do?

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

8. How does Richard ultimately respond to the conflict of Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shakespeare's symbolism of England as sacred ground, a second "Eden" of sorts, was a theme that was heavily used in the play, and something often explored in the lessons. Discuss this symbolism and its most striking examples in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Richard's eloquent speeches were a very important aspect of the play. What did these speeches say of Richard's character? What did they add to the play? Did anyone else speak like Richard?

Essay Topic 3

Richard and Bolingbroke were very different types of kings. Compare and contrast their kingship and their general character traits that made them the kings they were.

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