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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 characters is the only one to speak in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What do Mowbray and Bolingbroke state officially that they are fighting for at the duel?

3. "Where then, alas, may I complain myself?" Who says this?

4. What does Gaunt call Richard in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. Who is the last character to speak in Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. How does York meet Bolingbroke at Berkley Castle?

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

9. Who is Bolingbroke looking for in Act 5, Scene 3? Describe what you know of this person.

10. What is Richard told has happened to the Welsh army? How does Richard respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Did Bolingbroke want Richard to be killed? Discuss whether or not you believe Exton, that he wanted Richard executed, and what that changes about Bolingbroke's surface layer of nobility.

Essay Topic 2

Women played a minimal role in "Richard II". Why do you think this is and how would the play have been different if the female characters had stronger roles?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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