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 Henry tell Exeter to do with Harfleur?

2. Referring to Henry, the constable tells the Dauphin that he will find these "forespent."

3. To what ethnic heritage does Britaine refer to when he suggests the English are of illegitimate birth?

4. Henry states that during peacetime, nothing is more becoming to a man than __________.

5. To what does Henry compare his men as they are eagerly awaiting battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. The chorus cites one of England's weaknesses that the French are using to their advantage. What is the weakness and how does France plan to use it in its favor?

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

9. How do Falstaff's friends mourn his passing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The societies of England and France in the time the play is set was strongly based on class. Discuss how characters in the play are treated based on their class and consider how class seems to affect how the characters view their world.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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