Act I Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What are King Henry’s concerns at the opening of Act I?

2. What news does Westmoreland bring to King Henry regard¬ing the political state of affairs in England?

3. Explain Henry’s disappointment in his son Hal.

4. Describe the relationship between Hal and Falstaff.

5. Explain the joke that Poins plans to play on Falstaff with the help of Hal.

6. What does Hal reveal about his position as Prince of Wales and the company of friends he keeps?

7. Explain King Henry’s reaction to Worcester at the opening of Scene iii.

8. What defense does Hotspur offer on his own behalf with respect to the accusation that he denied prisoners?

9. Why does Hotspur become so angry when Henry refuses to pay ransom for Mortimer?

10. How do Northumberland and Worcester calm Hotspur down at the end of Scene iii?

Answers
1. King Henry’s concerns involve sending an army to the Holy Land to fight in the Crusades and suppressing rebellions that are occurring in England. It is no surprise that at the beginning of the play we meet a king “so shaken” and “wan with care” because of his concern for his kingdom.

2. Westmoreland brings Henry news that the issue of an army to the Crusades was being heavily discussed when news came that “the noble Mortimer, / Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight” against Glendower was taken by Glendower. He adds that thousands of people were butcher¬ed in the fight, and Welshwomen performed...

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