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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. From which port city does the chorus say King Henry will sail to France?

2. What is the battle cry Henry gives his men?

3. What does Henry tell the governor will happen if Harfleur does not surrender?

4. What words from Alice's lesson does Katherine consider too vulgar to speak before the gentlemen of France?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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 cause of the conflict between Nym and Pistol and how is this conflict resolved?

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

5. 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.

6. What is the French king's response to the negative tone of his court's conversation about England's invasion and what does he decide to do about the situation?

7. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

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

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

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

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

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 3

Discuss the importance of patriotism and duty as represented in the play. How did the people of Shakespeare's day seem to view these concepts? How does their attitudes toward these concepts compare to modern-day beliefs about them?

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