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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 Katherine think Alice speaks English well?

2. The chorus asks the audience "kindly to judge" what?

3. What type of muse does the chorus invoke?

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

5. What does Nym suggest Pistol can do to restore their friendship?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe and discuss the offer the French make to Henry at Harfleur. What is Henry's opinion of the offer and what is his response to it?

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

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

4. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

5. What message does Exeter deliver to the French court, especially concerning the king of France and the Dauphin?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

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

Consider the role of friendship in the play. Which characters seem to have genuine friendships, which do not, and why? Does class seem to affect friendships?

Essay Topic 3

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

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