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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. To which ancient notable military leader does Henry compare the fathers of his men?

2. The chorus tells the audience that in the absence of the king and the army, England will be guarded by the following groups of people except for:

3. Referring to Henry, the constable tells the Dauphin that he will find these "forespent."

4. Based on the chorus' description, which best describes Harfleur's location?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do Falstaff's friends mourn his passing?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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.

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

9. Explain what the constable means when he tells the Dauphin that Henry was "covering discretion with a coat of folly" and the significance of this statement.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Examine the attitude toward monarchy in the world of Henry the Fifth. Are there major differences between the monarchy of England and of France? How do people regard their country's monarchies? How do monarchs view themselves?

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