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. Who helps save the King's life on the battlefield?

2. What are Hotspur's last words?

3. How many people wearing the king's coats does Douglas kill?

4. What is the family relationship between Hotspur and Vernon?

5. According to the Prince, what is the weather like on the day of battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Falstaff presents a strong criticism to the commonly held idea that honor is always good. Falstaff has little respect for honor, rather he will always choose life over being right. What quotes of Falstaff define this radical view of honor being simply a word? What are his actions in battle? Is he simply a comic buffoon or is there something more honest about his seeing that men are used as canon fodder?

Essay Topic 3

Personal identity was one of the main themes in this book. Where did this theme appear, and how did its inclusion in the novel shape the course of the plot?

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