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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 is Gaunt's final line?

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

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

4. Where is Gaunt to go after Act 1, Scene 2?

5. How many lines are in Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Queen learn while eavesdropping?

3. How does Act 5, Scene 5 end?

4. How both Richard and Bolingbroke speak in Act 1, Scene 4? What is different about their speech habits from before?

5. How does Bolingbroke handle the murder of Richard?

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

7. 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?

8. What is Bolingbroke going to do to Bushy and Green in Act 3, Scene 1? What are his reasons for doing so?

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

10. How long have the Captain and Salisbury been waiting for Richard? Have they heard from them? Who else is waiting with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are numerous displays of power and people yielding to that power in "Richard II". What were some of the most important examples of this, and what does it say about the characters who acted in this way? Think about how loyalties changed over the course of the play when addressing this question.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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