King Richard II Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the focus of Act 3, Scene 4?

2. How does Richard refer to the imaginary person he is speaking to in line 55?

3. How does Richard respond to Bolingbroke's demands?

4. What Greek god does Richard compare himself to at Berkley Castle?

5. Where did Mowbray die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Richard and Bolingbroke exuded an "opposite parallelism" throughout the entire play. When Richard was powerful, Bolingbroke was not, and vice versa. The degrees of this parallelism seemed to correlate with one another throughout the story as well. Discuss this connection using examples from the play and what it meant for the story.

Essay Topic 3

The concept of "family" seemed more important to some characters than to others. Describe to whom family was and wasn't important. What were the priorities for the people who found other things to be more important than family?

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