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

2. "What my tongue speaks my right drawn sword may prove." Who says this?

3. Who is the first to speak in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. What does Richard learn of Gaunt in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. Who is Gaunt alluding to have killed the Duke of Gloucester as he speaks alone with the Duchess?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Richard's kingship represented in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. How does Bolingbroke justify taking license to execute?

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

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

6. Summarize Gaunt's conversation with Richard before he dies.

7. How does Act 5, Scene 5 end?

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

9. Who is arriving at Ravenspurgh in Act 2, Scene 2? What does this mean?

10. What do Richard and the Queen seem to be more pained by: losing the monarchy or each other? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When would you say Richard lost his power in the play? It does not necessarily have to be the scene with the smashed mirror. Use evidence from the play to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

The previous question deals with tracking the audiences' distrust with Richard. However, the play is written so you lose trust for Richard but then begin to sympathize with him again. How does this begin to happen? By the end of the play, what emotions were associated with Richard? What was more profound, your dislike of him in the beginning or your regret for his loss at the end?

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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