Henry V Act IV, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How many is “threescore thousand”?

2. About how many English troops are there in Henry’s army?

3. What is Henry “covetous” for?

4. On what saint’s day does the Battle of Agincourt occur?

5. Why does Henry say his men are “happy”?

6. What offer does Montjoy make to Henry?

7. Why does Henry liken King Charles to a man in the Bible who sold a lion’s skin?

8.How many times has Montjoy negotiated with Henry?

9. Why does Charles have reason to think that Henry will pay a ransom?

10. What counteroffer does Henry repeat to Montjoy?

Answers
1. It is 60,000.

2. About one-fifth of the French army’s total, or 12,000.

3. He covets honor.

4. It falls on St. Crispin’s Day.

5. They have the chance to win eternal honor in fighting for England.

6. He says Henry can avoid battle by paying a ransom.

7. Both men were overconfident, acting before they had secured their prize.

8. This is the third such time.

9. Henry and his army are outnumbered and are in poor condition.

10. He offers his own body (“joints”) as ransom.