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. Why is the council meeting?

2. Who is Lady Percy married to?

3. What is the name of Hotspur's wife?

4. Who is the Vintner?

5. What was Hotspur doing when he was approached by a well-dressed man on the battlefield?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Hotspur and Douglas feel about each other when they meet at the rebel camp?

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

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

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

5. Where is the battle with the rebels to take place?

6. How is it that the First Carrier can tell what time it is?

7. What does Gadshill ask when he enters the stage at the beginning of Act 2?

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

9. What does Falstaff say to the Prince before he is hushed on the highway?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Fear is a common theme in this book that is presented a number of times by a number of characters. What are some of these instances, and how does fear affect the characters in the book?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Many different characters in this book were persuaded to do things that they would not have done of their own accord? What are some of these instances, and how did persuasion affect the course of the plot?

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