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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 what account from the Christian Bible does Henry allude to when he foretells the suffering the people of Harfleur will experience if they do not surrender?

2. As Pistol bids his wife farewell, he tells her to let what appear?

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

4. The constable tells the Dauphin that he has a mistaken opinion regarding what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Prologue, what mythical creature does the chorus invoke and what does he hope doing so will accomplish?

2. What is Henry wanting his troops to do as they begin their attack on Harfleur and what does he suggest they do if they do not want to comply?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What does Fluellen mean when he talks about the "disciplines of war" and what is his attitude toward these disciplines?

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

8. 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.

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

10. King Henry tells his uncle, Exeter, to free a man who had railed against him while intoxicated. What is Scroop, Cambridge, and Grey's response to this pardon and what is the significance of their response?

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

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 3

Discuss the role of the chorus. What is the chorus' purpose? Be sure to provide some examples of how the chorus is used in the play.

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