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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 Henry tell the governor will happen if Harfleur does not surrender?

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

3. From which port city does the chorus say King Henry will sail to France?

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

5. Which part of the body does the chorus mention when he says, "We'll not offend one __________ with our play"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what the constable means when he tells the Dauphin that Henry was "covering discretion with a coat of folly" and the significance of this statement.

2. 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?

3. How do Scroop, Cambridge, and Grey respond when they are charged with treason?

4. King Henry tells his uncle, Exeter, to free a man who had railed against him while intoxicated. What is Scroop, Cambridge, and Grey's response to this pardon and what is the significance of their response?

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

6. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

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

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

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

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

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

Examine the attitude toward monarchy in the world of Henry the Fifth. Are there major differences between the monarchy of England and of France? How do people regard their country's monarchies? How do monarchs view themselves?

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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