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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 does Bolingbroke justify executing the prisoners?

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

3. "More welcome is the stroke of death to me than Bolingbroke to England." Who says this?

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

5. "Though banish'd, yet a true born Englishman." Who says this quote?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the Queen learn while eavesdropping?

9. How does Act 3, Scene 3 end?

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

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 2

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 3

How is reading a play a different experience than reading a novel? Which aspects of "Richard II" were most helpful for you to visualize the events? How would this have been different should "Richard II" have been a novel?

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