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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. According to the chorus, what is the French response to the impending war?

2. Hostess Quickly believes that Sir John Falstaff is not in hell, but in the bosom of __________.

3. What does Canterbury say Henry had once been addicted to?

4. How do the English respond to the French's offer of marriage of Katherine to Henry and Katherine's dowry?

5. In what city does Act 1, Scene 1 take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe England's celebratory mood as Henry and his army return home from France.

2. Describe the death toll of the battle of Agincourt. For example, were the losses lopsided or did both sides suffer fairly equally? How are the dead accounted for in terms of class and social status?

3. Explain why it is important to Katherine that Alice teaches her English.

4. Describe the English lesson that Alice gives Katherine. What is the subject of the lesson and how successful is it?

5. How do Scroop, Cambridge, and Grey respond when they are charged with treason?

6. Describe what Henry is doing in the English camp the night before the battle of Agincourt.

7. What is Henry's reasoning for wanting to go forward with Bardolph's execution?

8. What details of English history does the chorus mention in the Epilogue?

9. Why is Fluellen so insistent that Pistol eat a leek?

10. What does Exeter say was his response to witnessing the scene between York and Suffolk and what is Henry's response to this revelation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The societies of England and France in the time the play is set was strongly based on class. Discuss how characters in the play are treated based on their class and consider how class seems to affect how the characters view their world.

Essay Topic 2

Shakespeare's "The Life of King Henry the Fifth" is a work of fiction based upon a historical event. Many of the characters and situations presented in the novel are based on factual information, but many others are entirely fabrications. Discuss whether you think works like Henry the Fifth help us to understand historical events better or if pure historical accounts alone are sufficient. You may want to discuss whether historical fiction has a place in a history class or if it belongs only in a literature course.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of religion in the play. Some questions you may want to consider: How does religion influences characters' actions; is religion is ever used for self-serving purposes; are characters with strong religious views more or less moral than those who are not; are religious attitudes affected by factors such as class and culture?

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