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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. Henry tells his army that "when the blast of war blows in our ears," to imitate the action of which animal?

2. Ely compares King Henry's development to the growth of what type of fruit?

3. What military operation does Fluellen think is being done incorrectly?

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

5. What does the governor say was the Dauphin's response to his request for help in fighting the English?

Short Essay Questions

1. The chorus cites one of England's weaknesses that the French are using to their advantage. What is the weakness and how does France plan to use it in its favor?

2. Describe the kind of rhetorical appeals Henry uses to persuade his army to be persistent in their attack on Harfleur.

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

4. Based solely on the chorus' statement in the Prologue, what is the play about and what can the audience expect to experience?

5. 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.

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

7. What does Henry tell the governor of Harfleur will happen to the people of his city if they do not surrender immediately?

8. Why does the chorus have an apologetic tone concerning the play?

9. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare this play to another work with which you are familiar and that is similar to the Life of Henry the Fifth is some way in regards to genre, theme, setting, period, authorship, etc. For example, you might compare this play to another of Shakespeare's plays, a play by one of Shakespeare's contemporaries (Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, etc.), an epic war drama of any period (300, Braveheart, etc.), or a story set in the medieval or Renaissance period in Europe (The Princess Bride, Le Retour de Martin Guerre, etc.). Try to focus your analysis on the two works' similarities and how understanding of the one helps you appreciate the other.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of friendship in the play. Which characters seem to have genuine friendships, which do not, and why? Does class seem to affect friendships?

Essay Topic 3

Several characters in the play are sentenced to die for committing various crimes, yet there is no mention of any criminal trials. So, how are matters of criminal justice handled in the world of Henry the Fifth?

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