King Henry V Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the king of France instruct the Dauphin to do?

2. What words from Alice's lesson does Katherine consider too vulgar to speak before the gentlemen of France?

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

4. Hostess Quickly believes that Sir John Falstaff is not in hell, but in the bosom of __________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

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

3. 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?

4. 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.

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

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

7. What is the governor of Harfleur's response to Henry's demands and what is his explanation for his decision?

8. In the Prologue, what mythical creature does the chorus invoke and what does he hope doing so will accomplish?

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 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of patriotism in the play. How does King Henry use patriotism in the play and how do various characters express their patriotism?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the French language is used in the play and be sure to provide examples. Some questions you may want to consider: Is Shakespeare's use of French an effective rhetorical device; would audience members who do not understand French have a difficult time following and enjoying the play; should a director of the play consider using translations if he or she knows a majority of audience members will not understand the language?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of patriotism and duty as represented in the play. How did the people of Shakespeare's day seem to view these concepts? How does their attitudes toward these concepts compare to modern-day beliefs about them?

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