Henry V Act III, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Approximately how old is Katharine?

2. Why would she want to learn English?

3. Is she worried or apprehensive about the possibility of marrying Henry?

4. What is her opinion of English?

5. Why are words like “the,” “nails,” and “elbow” misspelled?

6. Who is Alice?

7. What is the subject of the English lesson?

8. What is “de nick”?

9. What is the likely purpose of such mispronunciations?

10. How would an actor communicate the meaning of French words to an English audience?

Answers
1. She is about 14 or 15.

2. She knows her father has promised her in marriage to Henry.

3. No, she seems light-hearted in this scene.

4. She evidently thinks it is a strange language and very inferior to the French language.

5. Shakespeare spells them phonetically, to reflect the speakers’ accents.

6. She is an elderly gentlewoman, Katharine’s handmaid.

7. It is about parts of the body.

8. This means “the neck.”

9. They are intended to be humorous and to show the princess’ easygoing personality.

10. She would use gestures to convey the meaning.