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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 Northumberland's son?

2. "...for God's substitute, His deputy anointed in His sight..." Who is being referred to here?

3. Who does Bolingbroke put in charge of escorting the prisoners away?

4. What is Gaunt's final line?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long is Bolingbroke banished for and how does this change? Why? Why is Gaunt still upset?

3. Summarize what Bolingbroke claims to be his cause and intent for invading England. How is this unlikely?

4. What is the Queen doing in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 4? What changes this behavior?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Describe what happens right before the duel between Mowbray and Bolingbroke is to begin.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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