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. Whom does Bagot accuse in Act 4, Scene 1?

2. Who kills Richard?

3. What does Richard hear that interrupts his speech in Act 5, Scene 5?

4. Where will the Queen go after learning of her husband's defeat?

5. Where is Exton going to go after leaving Act 5, Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Shakespeare's symbolism of England as sacred ground, a second "Eden" of sorts, was a theme that was heavily used in the play, and something often explored in the lessons. Discuss this symbolism and its most striking examples in the play.

Essay Topic 3

Did Bolingbroke want Richard to be killed? Discuss whether or not you believe Exton, that he wanted Richard executed, and what that changes about Bolingbroke's surface layer of nobility.

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