Henry V Act IV, Scene 7 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 7 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What explanation could be offered to explain or justify Henry’s order to kill the prisoners?

2. What change would be wrought by a rearrangement of the script?

3. What key piece of information is given at the start of this scene?

4. What special significance might this have for Henry?

5. What clue do we get that the event has affected him deeply?

6. To what does Henry attribute his victory?

7. What action occurs after the victory?

8. Why does Henry have Fluellen wear one of Williams’ gloves in his cap?

9. Where does Henry say he got the glove?

10. What does he expect to happen when the two men meet?

Answers
1. It probably stems from a textual error, or a mix-up in the sequence of events.

2. Seen in proper sequence, the events would motivate Henry’s order.

3. Fluellen says the French have murdered the boys guarding the luggage.

4. His friend, the boy, was among those slain.

5. He says, “I was not angry . . . until this instant” and repeats the order.

6. Henry says it was the hand of God.

7. A subplot is resumed, in which Henry plays a prank on Williams.

8. He wants Williams to mistake him for the disguised Henry of Act III.

9. Henry says he stole it from another soldier.

10. He expects that there will be a fight.