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. When Henry comes upon the scene of the murdered boys guarding the luggage, he says he has not been angry since . . .

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

3. What is the amount that the French soldier offers Pistol to spare his life?

4. What is Queen Isabel's response when Henry asks if she will accompany the French king and the English representatives to the negotiations?

5. Who does Bourbon say will "take order now"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Henry's response when Katherine asks how she could possibly love the enemy of France?

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

3. What is Grandpre's attitude toward the English camp?

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

5. What is the significance of Saint Crispin's day?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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