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

2. Hostess Quickly offers to bring her husband to what location?

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

4. King Henry implores his army that if they do not go unto the breach once more, then they should close up the walls of the city with what?

5. How do the English respond to the French's offer of marriage of Katherine to Henry and Katherine's dowry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain why Hostess Quickly blames King Henry for Sir John's illness and the justification that Nym and Pistol offer for what the king had done.

9. Describe the kind of rhetorical appeals Henry uses to persuade his army to be persistent in their attack on Harfleur.

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

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

Shakespeare's "The Life of King Henry the Fifth" is a work of fiction based upon a historical event. Many of the characters and situations presented in the novel are based on factual information, but many others are entirely fabrications. Discuss whether you think works like Henry the Fifth help us to understand historical events better or if pure historical accounts alone are sufficient. You may want to discuss whether historical fiction has a place in a history class or if it belongs only in a literature course.

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