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

2. What does Pistol plan to do for a living now that he no longer has Nell to support him?

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

4. What does the chorus ask the audience to imagine is happening on the English beach?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain why Henry's post-war stay in England is cut short.

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

5. What is Henry's reasoning for wanting to go forward with Bardolph's execution?

6. Explain what Henry tells Fluellen to do when he gives him Williams' glove.

7. 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?

8. What are some of the outrageous claims the Dauphin makes about his horse?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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