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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 says, "Cry woe for this hereafter." before they die?

2. How many times did Hastings' horse stumble on the way to the Tower?

3. In the dream, what does Richard do when Clarence tries to steady him?

4. What was Clarence's dream foretelling?

5. When Grey, Rivers and Vaughan are about to be put to death, who do they ask to be appeased so their families will be spared?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Hastings refuses to be on Richard's side, who does Richard accuse of using witchcraft against him, and how did they use it?

2. What does Richard's famous line "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" show?

3. What are the two types of things that the ghosts say to Richard and Richmond?

4. What does Buckingham believe he is being punished for at his execution?

5. Why does Stanley tell Christopher that he cannot support Richmond?

6. What do Richard's remarks at the opening of the play mean?

7. Why are the women frightened when they try and go see the young princes in the Tower?

8. What does Clarence hope for out of his death?

9. What does the imagery in Clarence's dream suggest?

10. What happens at the end of the dream Clarence has while he is in prison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the text to support your answer, why does Shakespeare have scenes with commoners in them? Do these scenes broaden the scope of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Using examples from the play, discuss the importance of family and lineage to the characters. How is it portrayed throughout the play and how does it affect the plot?

Essay Topic 3

What are the three types of irony? How, and to what effect, does Shakespeare use them in this play? Use specific examples to support your answer.

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