King Henry IV, Part I Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Prince Henry ask Falstaff to give him during battle?

2. Who robs Falstaff?

3. What has Westmoreland been held by the rebels for?

4. What city are Falstaff and Bardolph near at the beginning of Act 4?

5. What announces the arrival of Worcester?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Prince endures many different trials before the end of the book. What are some of these trials and what lessons does he learn through these experiences?

Essay Topic 2

The character of Hotspur is matched with Prince Hal. In the actual history of these families Hotspur was much older than Prince Hal. Shakespeare made the choice to have them be the same age. What does this allow Shakespeare to reveal about the character of each? How does Hotspur's character define Prince Hal? What qualities does Prince Hal have that Hotspur does not, and vice versa?

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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