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 fault is pointed out to Hotspur at the beginning of Act 3?

2. Who does the King wish was his true son?

3. What is the atmosphere in the kingdom as the play starts?

4. What angers the King most about Henry Percy?

5. What does the King want from Hotspur?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Falstaff tell the Prince his men are good enough for battle?

2. What happens when Bardolph enters the scene for the first time?

3. How does Henry Percy think he has shamed himself after his conference with the King?

4. What is the actual plan for the robbery?

5. In Act 2, Scene 4 at the tavern, Falstaff goes to deal with the King's messenger and comes back with what message?

6. What has Falstaff done to recruit his foot soldiers?

7. Why does Prince Hal pardon Douglas?

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

9. What is Lady Percy upset about when she confronts Hotspur?

10. What is Hotspur's response to his wife's questions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shame and propriety are common themes throughout this book. What are some of the instances where these themes are present, and why are they so important to the characters involved?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the most interesting aspects of Henry IV, Part 1 is the mixture of comedy and serious action. Looking at the overall action of the play, what is the effect if this mixture? Why would Shakespeare put so much comedy into a fairly serious tale about historical battles and power struggles? Does comedy allow the playwright to comment in a different way about honor? War? Struggle?

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