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

Short Answer Questions

1. "Hence, villain! Never more come in my sight." Who says this?

2. What is the final line in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. Which of the following is Richard not doing in Act 5, Scene 5?

4. Who claims they heard Aumerle bragging about murdering?

5. Which of the following is not a suggestion of one of the Queen's ladies for an activity to comfort the Queen?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the first scene, we see Richard behaving quite fairly and just as a leader. In the second, we are given reason to question his righteousness. By the third scene, we witness Richard banish Bolingbroke for a particularly unclear reason. Describe your experience trusting Richard, and mark the point in the play when you completely understood he was untrustworthy.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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