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 is Falstaff worried about while in the tavern without the Prince?

2. What does the second messenger bring to Hotspur just before battle?

3. Who throws defiance down before the King to start the Battle of Shrewsbury?

4. According to the King, what time of day is it in Act 5, Scene 1?

5. How does Douglas feel about Hotspur?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Shakespeare has Prince Hal with one foot in the royal court and one in the world of the common man. How does the Prince operate in each sphere? Can you imagine King Henry interacting with Francis the apprentice drawer in the same way that Hal does? What does this show us about Prince Hal? Use examples to show how Hal is able to operate effectively in both worlds.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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