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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. The chorus asks to be admitted to what?

2. Which character calls Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol "dogs" and tells them to go up to the breach.

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

4. What does King Henry tell Exeter to do with the drunken man who had railed against him the day before?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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. Why does the boy want to quit working for Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol? Be sure to provide examples.

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

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

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

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. Why is the Archbishop of Canterbury worried that a certain bill will be passed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

After receiving an insulting gift from the Dauphin, King Henry seems very quick to go to war with France. The people of England strongly support their king and are willing to fight and die for him. Compare the response of the people of England in Henry's time to the way people respond to wars today.

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