King Henry IV, Part I Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Prince Hal promise the King?

2. Who is the uncle of Hotspur?

3. What does it mean to colt someone?

4. Who announces to Gadshill that the travelers are coming?

5. What do Falstaff and Prince Hal role play at?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Act IV, Scene 1 take place?

2. What does Hotspur say in response to Kate's question of whether he loves her?

3. What does Falstaff tell the Prince after speaking with the nobleman sent by the King?

4. Where does the first scene take place?

5. What does the Prince say in his soliloquy after Poins leaves his apartment?

6. What do the tradesmen make of the inn?

7. Why is so much of what Falstaff and Prince Hal are saying unintelligible to modern audiences?

8. Why does Falstaff tell the mistress that he cannot pay his bill?

9. How does the Chamberlain say Gadhill will die, and how does Gadshill respond to this?

10. What does Blunt report to the King after he is done scolding the Prince?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character study of Prince Hal. What is his relationship to the King? To Falstaff? What stage of his life is he in? What happens to his character over the life of this play? Does he become more himself or does he abandon his true self when he returns to his royal personage?

Essay Topic 2

What is the overall history that this play is fitting in? Generally four of the history plays are put together, Richard II, Henry IV, part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V. Lay out the history of the forces which clashes through these years of English royal history. Who are the major families involved?

Essay Topic 3

The second scene takes place in a tavern and is written in prose. How is this style of writing different? What is the effect of this on the feeling and tone of the scene? What does it allow Shakespeare to do?

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