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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. Ely compares King Henry's development to the growth of what type of fruit?

2. Why does Ely think King Henry will prevent a certain bill from being passed that would take away half the church's land and money?

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

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

5. Which famous Parisian landmark does Exeter say will "shake" because of the Dauphin's insulting gift to King Henry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the negative consequences Burgundy says that France has suffered due to lack of peace?

2. What is Henry wanting his troops to do as they begin their attack on Harfleur and what does he suggest they do if they do not want to comply?

3. Describe the death toll of the battle of Agincourt. For example, were the losses lopsided or did both sides suffer fairly equally? How are the dead accounted for in terms of class and social status?

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

5. Describe the poignant scene that Exeter witnessed on the battlefield.

6. Describe what Henry is doing in the English camp the night before the battle of Agincourt.

7. Explain the situation with Williams' glove after Henry asks Fluellen to wear it in his cap.

8. Why is Fluellen so insistent that Pistol eat a leek?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of friendship in the play. Which characters seem to have genuine friendships, which do not, and why? Does class seem to affect friendships?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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