King Henry V Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is the name of the river the king of France believes Henry and his army have passed?

2. Which part of the body does the chorus mention when he says, "We'll not offend one __________ with our play"?

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

4. What does Alice tell Katherine when she pronounces "neck" as "nick" and "chin" as "sin"?

5. The chorus asks to be admitted to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. 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?

4. Compare the response of the English and French to the impending war based on the chorus's observations.

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

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

7. What is the governor of Harfleur's response to Henry's demands and what is his explanation for his decision?

8. Describe and discuss the offer the French make to Henry at Harfleur. What is Henry's opinion of the offer and what is his response to it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze bias in the play. For example, does the play seem to be excessively biased in favor of England and against France? Is some bias acceptable in a historical work or does it make the play come across as a piece of propaganda?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the tactics Henry employs in his campaign would not be acceptable under modern day standards of warfare and some would even be considered war crimes. Discuss whether in your opinion a character like Henry should be considered an honorable and heroic character by today's standards.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the process Henry went through from being wild Prince Hal to honorable King Henry. Henry has little to say about the issue, but other characters have made a variety of observations on the subject. What kinds of things do various characters say about Henry's transformation and what are their attitudes toward this change? What are your thoughts on Henry's journey from irresponsible youth to responsible adult?

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