King Henry V Test | Final 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. Henry states that a man who sheds his blood with him in battle will be . . .

2. After witnessing a poignant scene involving the deaths of two soldiers, what is Exeter's emotional response?

3. To what ancient city does the chorus compare London as they welcome the return of their king?

4. What does Pistol say has happened to Doll (Nell) that suggests she may have been unfaithful to him?

5. What does Gower say motivates men like Pistol to go to war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bourbon declare must be done rather than live with the shame of losing to the English?

2. 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?

3. What does Exeter say was his response to witnessing the scene between York and Suffolk and what is Henry's response to this revelation?

4. What is the basis of the quarrel between Henry, who is in disguise, and Williams?

5. Summarize the comments the boy makes after Pistol leaves with the French soldier to collect the ransom.

6. What are some of the comparisons that Fluellen makes between Henry and Alexander the Great?

7. Compare the demeanor of the English troops to that of the French troops before the battle of Agincourt.

8. Describe the exchange between Pistol and the French soldier that the boy is called upon to serve as interpreter.

9. What does the constable mean when he tells the other soldiers, "straight to horse"?

10. Why do the French soldiers feel so ashamed during the battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the French language is used in the play and be sure to provide examples. Some questions you may want to consider: Is Shakespeare's use of French an effective rhetorical device; would audience members who do not understand French have a difficult time following and enjoying the play; should a director of the play consider using translations if he or she knows a majority of audience members will not understand the language?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of communication and means of communication in the play. Some questions to consider are: How are messages exchanged; what kinds of information are conveyed in various messages throughout the play; what are some of the adverse or comical effects of miscommunication or breakdowns in communication; how do the characters cope with various barriers to communication (for example: time, distance, differences in language, dialect and culture, difficult circumstances, etc.)?

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