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 is Fluellen's opinion of Captain Macmorris and Captain Jamy concerning military matters?

2. From which port city does the chorus say King Henry will sail to France?

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

4. After Henry responds to the Dauphin's insulting gesture by declaring war, the chorus states that "all the youth of England are" in what state of mind and doing what?

5. In the Prologue, the chorus refers to King Henry by what nickname?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the English lesson that Alice gives Katherine. What is the subject of the lesson and how successful is it?

2. Explain why it is important to Katherine that Alice teaches her English.

3. Compare the response of the English and French to the impending war based on the chorus's observations.

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Hostess Quickly and Pistol and give examples.

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze bias in the play. For example, does the play seem to be excessively biased in favor of England and against France? Is some bias acceptable in a historical work or does it make the play come across as a piece of propaganda?

Essay Topic 2

Compare King Henry and the English royal court to the king of France and the French royal court. Some issues to consider are leadership, relationships, communications skills, ethics, and personality.

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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