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. Who has divided the kingdom for the rebel's victory?

2. Where does Hotspur's wife say she has been banished from?

3. What does the King demand of Hotspur before allowing him to leave?

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

5. Who is Henry Bolingbroke?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the King compare he and his son to while scolding the Prince for his behavior?

2. Why is the Archbishop sure that Hotspur will fail in battle?

3. What does the King demand of Hotpsur when he allows him and his father to leave the conference?

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

5. Who has set up the robbery?

6. What does the offer from the King to Hotspur contain?

7. What does Hotspur say when the offer from the King is read?

8. What does Lady Percy ask her husband when she first enters the stage?

9. What is Hotspur's response to the letter he reads in his castle?

10. What news does the Chamberlain give Gadshill when he arrives at the inn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Falstaff is one of Shakespeare's most famous characters. His popularity has not waned in the 500 years since he was first created. Much comedy, and indeed much of the low comedy in this play, does not translate well. Falstaff seems to barrel through time and he still makes us laugh and shake our heads. What is it about this character that is timeless? Use specific examples from the script that show this timeless comedy that Falstaff carries with him.

Essay Topic 3

Some scholars have written that in Richard II divine right to rule dies. Henry IV takes that right when he murders Richard II. They go on to say that in this play honor dies. Hotspur is the embodiment of honor. Discuss this and relate the death of honor to this overall theme and action of this play.

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