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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Richard warn the third speaker of Act 5, Scene 1?

2. Who do York and the Duchess feel pity for in Act 5, Scene 2?

3. Who says, "For on my heart they tread now whilst I live"?

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

5. Other than Richard and the Queen, who else speaks in Act 5, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who do you think lived by their values the most throughout the story? Who did not? Discuss morality in the characters, and how you think this affected their behavior.

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

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.

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