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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 gift of athletic equipment, intended to be taken as an insult, does the Dauphin send King Henry?

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

3. To what end does Henry claim that Cambridge, Grey, and Scroop must be put to death?

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

5. What military operation does Fluellen think is being done incorrectly?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Discuss how the chorus helps the audience use their imagination as the English army begins the invasion.

3. What is the Salic Law and what is its significance in the play?

4. Explain why Hostess Quickly blames King Henry for Sir John's illness and the justification that Nym and Pistol offer for what the king had done.

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

6. What does Henry tell the governor of Harfleur will happen to the people of his city if they do not surrender immediately?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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