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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 does Richard accuse of having Lord Hastings imprisoned?

2. Who does Hastings believe is responsible for his earlier imprisonment?

3. What does Richard say bore the King's initial order about Clarence?

4. What is the name of the bishop who gathers with Hastings, Stanley, and Buckingham to discuss Edward's coronation date?

5. Where is Act II, scene iii taking place?

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. Why does Hastings tell Stanley that there is nothing to fear from the councils?

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

4. What is surprising about Stanely's announcement that Elizabeth is letting her daughter marry Richmond?

5. What does Richmond say his reign as king will accomplish?

6. Why does York say that he does not want to grow quickly, and what is the Duchess' response?

7. What are some of the ways that Elizabeth tells Richard he can win her daughter?

8. What was the dream that Stanley had, and sent a report of, by messenger, to Hastings?

9. How do the king's actions show that he knows the destructiveness of in fighting?

10. Why is Buckingham's earlier claim, that York is too young to understand sanctuary and therefore cannot claim it, ridiculous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Queen Margaret's curse, and how is it fulfilled throughout the play? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Who are the mothers in the play? What is their role? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Buckingham and Hastings. How are their concepts of loyalty different or similar to each other? How does each character's concept of loyalty lead them to their execution? Support your answer with examples from the text.

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