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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. The constable states that if Henry cannot be fought off, then they should leave France and leave their "__________ to a barbarous people."

2. According to the chorus, what is the French response to the impending war?

3. What does King Henry tell Exeter to do with the drunken man who had railed against him the day before?

4. Dauphin tells the French king that they should show no more fear of England than if that country were busy with __________.

5. What does Bardolph say he will do to help Nym and Pistol become friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 process Henry went through from being wild Prince Hal to honorable King Henry. Henry has little to say about the issue, but other characters have made a variety of observations on the subject. What kinds of things do various characters say about Henry's transformation and what are their attitudes toward this change? What are your thoughts on Henry's journey from irresponsible youth to responsible adult?

Essay Topic 2

Shakespeare's "The Life of King Henry the Fifth" is a work of fiction based upon a historical event. Many of the characters and situations presented in the novel are based on factual information, but many others are entirely fabrications. Discuss whether you think works like Henry the Fifth help us to understand historical events better or if pure historical accounts alone are sufficient. You may want to discuss whether historical fiction has a place in a history class or if it belongs only in a literature course.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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