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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Referring to Henry, the constable tells the Dauphin that he will find these "forespent."
(a) Vanities.
(b) Health.
(c) Gold.
(d) Patience.

2. What does Henry tell the governor will happen if Harfleur does not surrender?
(a) They will blockade the town until they surrender or starve.
(b) Women and children will be allowed to leave, but all men will be executed.
(c) Henry will send a message to the king of France saying the governor put innocent citizens in harm's way to protect his political position.
(d) The attack will continue and innocent civilians will be raped, tortured, and killed.

3. The chorus compares England's response to the war to a person with a "little body" and __________.
(a) A mighty heart.
(b) An even smaller brain.
(c) A strong stomach.
(d) The temper of a woman.

4. What does the chorus say must "deck our kings"?
(a) Queens.
(b) Stage hands.
(c) Royal servants.
(d) The audience's thoughts.

5. Henry states that during peacetime, nothing is more becoming to a man than __________.
(a) Humble patience.
(b) Hard-favored rage.
(c) Modest stillness and humility.
(d) Fair nature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Katherine think after she has learned two words in English?

2. Canterbury urges King Henry to look to his great uncle, who had once defeated the French, for strength. What is the name of Henry's great uncle?

3. To what creature from classical mythology does Canterbury compare Prince Henry's willfulness?

4. Why does Ely think King Henry will prevent a certain bill from being passed that would take away half the church's land and money?

5. Who is NOT one of the "three corrupted men" the chorus says has conspired with France?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Salic Law and what is its significance in the play?

2. What message does Exeter deliver to the French court, especially concerning the king of France and the Dauphin?

3. Ely compares King Henry's development as a leader to the way certain types of fruit grow. Discuss this metaphor and how it applies to the king.

4. Describe the meaning of the Dauphin's insulting gift to King Henry and Henry's response to the gift.

5. Describe the relationship between Hostess Quickly and Pistol and give examples.

6. Why does the boy want to quit working for Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol? Be sure to provide examples.

7. King Henry tells his uncle, Exeter, to free a man who had railed against him while intoxicated. What is Scroop, Cambridge, and Grey's response to this pardon and what is the significance of their response?

8. Discuss how the chorus helps the audience use their imagination as the English army begins the invasion.

9. Why is the constable confounded that the English are better warriors than the French?

10. Explain why Hostess Quickly blames King Henry for Sir John's illness and the justification that Nym and Pistol offer for what the king had done.

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