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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 does Canterbury say Henry had once been addicted to?

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

3. On what does Hostess Quickly blame Sir John's illness?

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

5. When they finished mourning Falstaff, Pistol urges his comrades to begin their journey to France and be like __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What details of English history does the chorus mention in the Epilogue?

2. Explain why Henry's post-war stay in England is cut short.

3. Describe the meaning of the Dauphin's insulting gift to King Henry and Henry's response to the gift.

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

5. What is the significance of Saint Crispin's day?

6. Describe England's celebratory mood as Henry and his army return home from France.

7. What are some of the comparisons that Fluellen makes between Henry and Alexander the Great?

8. What is Henry's reasoning for wanting to go forward with Bardolph's execution?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of women in the play. Be sure to include a discussion of issues such as class, culture, and attitudes toward marriage.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of gruesome rhetoric in the play such as Henry's graphic description of what will happen to the people of Harfleur if they do not surrender. Provide some examples. Why is this rhetoric effective? Would this type of rhetoric be considered appropriate today? Why or why not?

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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