Richard II: Self Test


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The main purpose of this self-test is to ensure that you have understood the basic plot of the play as a foundation for your further study. There are no direct answers given to the questions; rather you are directed to the passage or passages in the play that will answer them.

Act 1

  1. What reasons does Henry Bolingbroke (Duke of Hereford and son of John of Gaunt) give for challenging Thomas Mowbray (Duke of Norfolk)?
        He gives three; see 1. 1. 87-108.

  2. What change does Richard make in the sentence he gives Bolingbroke?
        See 1. 3. 208-210.

  3. Does Richard hope to see his uncle recover from his illness?
        See 1. 4. 59-60.

Act 2

  1. What is the main fault that Gaunt finds in the young Richard?
      nbsp; See 2. 1. 57-60; though you may have to figure out what he means here. Look too at 2. 1. 113-114.

  2. What does Richard do with the property of the Duke of Lancaster?
        See 2. 1. 160-162.

  3. Who does Richard leave in command when he leaves for Ireland?
        See 2. 1. 219-221.

  4. What does York do when he hears that his nephew Henry Bolingbroke has returned from banishment?
        See 2. 2. 109-116.

  5. What does York do after lecturing Bolingbroke on his forbidden action? (For the lecture see 2. 3. 86-104.)
        See 2. 3. 158-160.

Act 3

  1. When Richard returns from Ireland he receives several pieces of bad news. What does he do with his own army as a result?
        See 3. 2. 211.

  2. Does Richard resist Bolingbroke’s demands when the two finally meet?
        See 3. 3. 120-125.

  3. How does the Queen learn of her husband's submission to Bolingbroke?
        See 3. 4. 68-84.

Act 4

  1. What is Bolingbroke's reaction to the series of challenges made by the nobles after his defeat of Richard?
        See 4. 1. 86-90.

  2. What is Carlisle's reward for speaking out in favor of Richard?
        See 4. 1. 150-151.

  3. Where is Richard sent after he is deposed?
        See 4. 1. 315.

Act 5

  1. What does Richard prophesy of Northumberland's relationship with Bolingbroke (now Henry IV)?
        See 5. 1. 55-65.

  2. What action does York find his son, Aumerle, guilty of?
        See 5. 2. 97-99.

  3. How does Henry IV react to the pleadings of Aumerle, his mother the Duchess, and his father the Duke of York?
        See 5. 3. 130.

  4. How expert are the musicians who play for Richard in jail?
        See 5. 5. 40-46.

  5. How does Henry propose to absolve himself from his guilt in Richard's death?
        See 5. 6. 49-50.

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