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 chorus says separates the "two mighty monarchies"?

2. What does Henry tell Exeter to do with Harfleur?

3. From where does the chorus ask the audience to imagine that the "well-appointed king" and his fleet embark?

4. What is the boy's urgent message that diverts Nym and Pistol from their duel?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

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

3. What is the cause of the conflict between Nym and Pistol and how is this conflict resolved?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. Based solely on the chorus' statement in the Prologue, what is the play about and what can the audience expect to experience?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of women in the play. Be sure to include a discussion of issues such as class, culture, and attitudes toward marriage.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of religion in the play. Some questions you may want to consider: How does religion influences characters' actions; is religion is ever used for self-serving purposes; are characters with strong religious views more or less moral than those who are not; are religious attitudes affected by factors such as class and culture?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss agricultural metaphors in the play, especially as they pertain to Henry's transformation from wild prince to respected king.

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