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

2. Which of the following is a quote by Richard in Act 1, Scene 1?

3. Where is the setting of Act 1, Scene 4?

4. Who invites Bolingbroke to stay at Berkley Castle?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the overall mood of Act 2, Scene 2?

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

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

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

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

7. In the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3 there is information Bolingbroke and Richard each do not know, that the other does. What is this information for each party?

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

9. Summarize Bushy and Greens' final moments.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

York and Gaunt were very adamant about being loyal to the king, whoever the king may have been. We discussed their traditional beliefs. What were these beliefs specifically, and what did following them so strictly say of their character? Was this strict adherence to these beliefs masking anything underneath? Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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