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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. Why does Ely think King Henry will prevent a certain bill from being passed that would take away half the church's land and money?

2. Canterbury urges King Henry to look to his great uncle, who had once defeated the French, for strength. What is the name of Henry's great uncle?

3. What does Canterbury say Henry had once been addicted to?

4. The king of France tells the Dauphin to stay with them in __________.

5. Which character from classical mythology does the chorus say fans the streamers of the brave fleet?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the relationship between Hostess Quickly and Pistol and give examples.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss agricultural metaphors in the play, especially as they pertain to Henry's transformation from wild prince to respected king.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of communication and means of communication in the play. Some questions to consider are: How are messages exchanged; what kinds of information are conveyed in various messages throughout the play; what are some of the adverse or comical effects of miscommunication or breakdowns in communication; how do the characters cope with various barriers to communication (for example: time, distance, differences in language, dialect and culture, difficult circumstances, etc.)?

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