Act I, Scenes 1 and 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Briefly explain why Chorus is used to introduce the play.

2. In Scene 1, what proposed law is worrying the Archbishop of Canterbury, and why?

3. How is Canterbury trying to prevent passage of this law?

4. What do we learn about Henry’s personality from Canterbury and Ely?

5. How does Canterbury justify Henry’s claim to the French throne?

6. How do Henry’s advisors feel about this matter?

7. Why does Henry decide to use only a quarter of his army against France?

8. Who is the Dauphin?

9. What gift does the French ambassador bring to Henry from the Dauphin? What does it imply?

10. What is Henry’s reaction to the gift?

1. Chorus is needed because certain effects, such as battles or distortions of time and place, cannot be staged. Chorus tells the audience to use their imaginations in such cases.

2. Parliament is considering a law allowing the state to seize the Church’s properties.

3. He is suggesting that Henry conquer France instead, gaining a much more valuable prize for England and causing Parliament to forget about taking Church lands.

4. We learn that Henry was a wild youth, but is now sober and competent.

5. Canterbury says that under Salic law, the Crown must pass through the male side of the family. Since Henry’s great-grandfather married a French queen, Henry is the rightful heir.

6. They favor Canterbury’s position and likewise urge war.

7. Henry needs the remainder to keep control over Scotland, a rebellious subject country.

8. The Dauphin is the Prince of France, Charles VI’s son.

9. The Dauphin sends tennis balls, implying that Henry is still a playboy and not fit to be a king.

10. He rejects the gift and vows to avenge himself through war.

Act II, Prologue Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Do the English people support the war with France?

2. In line 8, is “Expectation” a simile, a metaphor, or a personification?

3. What is the French attitude toward Henry’s invasion?

4. What simile is used to image England’s national spirit?

5. Who are the three “corrupted men”?

6. What plan do the three conspirators have?

7. Where is the first scene located?

8. Where will the following scene take place?

9. Where will the last scene in Act II take place?

10. What does Chorus call “a nest of hollow bosoms”?

1. Yes. “All the youth of England are on fire” to join the army.

2. It is a personification.

3. They “shake in their fear” and wish to “divert the English purposes.”

4. The simile used is “Like little body with a mighty heart,” line 17.

5. They are traitors Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey.

6. The conspirators’ plan is assassination “by their hands this grace of kings must die.” (line 28)

7. It is in London.

8. It will take place in Southampton.

9. It will take place in France.

10. He refers to the hearts of the three spies.

Act II, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

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1. What titles do the characters in this scene go by?

2. Are these titles official?

3. What news does the boy bring?

4. Who is Falstaff?

5. Who repeatedly says, “There’s the humour of it”?

6. What does “shog off” mean?

7. With what kind of harm do Pistol and Nym threaten each other?

8. Name one kind of recurring animal imagery in this scene.

9. Pistol says he means to be a “sutler . . . unto the camp.” What is this?

10. Where do the characters go at the end of this scene?

1. They call themselves “Ancient” Pistol, “Lieutenant” Bard-olph, and “Corporal” Nym.

2. No. None of the three belongs to the army.

3. He says Falstaff is dying.

4. “Sir” John Falstaff was the leader of this gang until he fell ill.

5. This is Nym’s refrain.

6. It means “go away.”

7. They both draw swords.

8. The metaphor of dogs is repeatedly used.

9. A sutler is a seller of provisions.

10. They go to Falstaff’s bedside.

Act II, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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1. Of what crime are Scroop, Grey, and Cambridge guilty?

2. Who knows of the spy plot?

3. What positions do Scroop, Grey, and Cambridge hold?

4. For whom are the three spying?

5. What is their motive?

6. On what decision does Henry seek their advice?

7. What penalty do the three recommend?

8. How do the men discover that their plot has been discovered?

9. What does Henry mean in saying, “Their cheeks are paper”?

10. What sentence does he impose?

1. They are spies, and are therefore guilty of treason.

2. The truth is known to Henry and his advisors.

3. They, too, are Henry’s advisors.

4. They are spying for the French.

5. They are greedy—the French have bought their allegiance.

6. He must decide the sentence for a man convicted of insulting him.

7. They recommend the maximum penalty.

8. Henry hands them papers that tell them so.

9. They have blanched at seeing their plot revealed.

10. He sends them to their death.

Act II, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

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1. Who is the Hostess Quickly?

2. Where is Pistol about to go?

3. What are his plans there?

4. What does Hostess Quickly want?

5. Why does Pistol refuse her request?

6. Whom did Falstaff once call “devils incarnate”?

7. According to the boy, where did Falstaff once see a black flea?

8. To what kind of animal does Pistol metaphorically liken himself and the others, once they will all be in France?

9. What did he mean by this?

10. What are the occupations of Pistol, Bardolph, and Nym?


1. She is Pistol’s wife.

2. He is about to leave for Southampton.

3. He plans to follow the army to France, in an attempt to make money.

4. She wants to go with Pistol to the town of Staines.

5. Pistol is in mourning for the recently deceased Falstaff.

6. He said this about women.

7.He espied it in on Bardolph’s nose.

8.He likens himself and the others to horse-leeches.

9. He meant that they would live like parasites, sucking blood (money) from the soldiers.

10.They are thieves, scam artists, and all-around scoundrels.

Act II, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

Study Questions

1. Who is the Dauphin?

2. What military order does the French king give?

3. What is the Dauphin’s opinion of Henry V?

4. How does the Constable of France’s opinion compare with the Dauphin’s?

5. Who was “the Black Prince of Wales”?

6. What importance did Edward III have in French history?

7. What command does Exeter bring to the French king?

8. What message does Exeter bring to the Dauphin?

9. What threat does Exeter make?

10. What is Charles’ response to Exeter?

1. The Dauphin is the son of the French king and heir to the throne.

2. He orders that the country mobilize for war to defend against the English.

3. He dismissively calls him “vain, giddy, shallow, humorous.”

4. The Constable takes the English threat more seriously than the Dauphin does.

5. He was Edward III, Henry V’s great-uncle.

6. He defeated the French at the Battle of Crecy a few decades earlier.

7. Exeter commands, in Henry’s name, that Charles resign his throne.

8. He rebukes the Dauphin for his insulting gift of tennis balls and expresses Henry’s contempt for him.

9. Unless Charles VI resigns, Henry will ravage France like an earthquake.

10. He says he will give Henry his answer on the following day.

Act III, Prologue Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. According to Chorus, how fast does this scene fly?

2. What is the “hempen tackle” on which boys climb?

3. What is the course of the voyage that Chorus describes?

4. Who is guarding England in Henry’s absence?

5. What are “fatal mouths”?

6. What offer has Henry received from the French king?

7. What is Henry’s answer?

8. What sound effects are used here?

9. Where will the present action take place?

10. What is the English army doing there?

1. It flies “as fast as thought.”

2. It is the ship’s rigging—ropes and stays.


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Act III, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

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1. What is a siege?

2. To what “breach” does Henry refer?

3. What, says Henry, should they do if not storm the breach?

4. What clue do we get here about the power of the English army?

5. Whom does Henry liken to “so many Alexanders”?

6. What are considered manly virtues during peacetime?

7. What does the simile “like the brass cannon” refer to?

8. Whom are the “noblest English” to set an example for?

9. Who are yeomen?

10. What does the metaphor “the game’s afoot” mean?

1. It is a military attempt to capture a fortified (and usually walled)...

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Act III, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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1.What action did the French king take between Acts II and III?

2.What does Henry mean by “Once more unto the breach”?

3.What reaction does he get from Pistol, Bardolph, Nym, and the boy?

4.Why do they finally rejoin the battle?

5.What change comes over the boy?

6.What are the “mines” to which Fluellen alludes?

7.Of what nationality are Fluellen, Macmorris, and Jamy?

8.How is this fact important to the situation?

9.What is their personal relationship?

10.Are all their differences resolved in this scene?

1.He offered Henry a bribe—Princess Katharine...

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Act III, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

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1. Why don’t the English simply storm the breach and take Harfleur?

2. Is Henry discouraged about their prospects at the start of this scene?

3. In speaking to the men of Harfleur, does Henry accept responsibility for the acts of his soldiers if the town falls?

4. Why does the governor finally surrender?

5. Does Henry make good on his threat to ravage the town?

6. At this point in the play, how powerful does the English army look?

7. What physical disadvantages does Henry’s army face?

8. What does the Dauphin’s decision about Harfleur tell us about his character?

9. How do the English react to the...

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Act III, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

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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?

1. She is about 14 or 15.

2. She knows her father has promised...

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Act III, Scene 5 Questions and Answers

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1. To what news are the French nobles reacting in this scene?

2. What effect has this news had on the French people?

3. How would you describe the mood of the characters here?

4. Whose criticism do the men feel most keenly?

5. What prompts the king to demand for a ransom from Henry?

6. What is the gist of the Constable’s speech (lines 15-27)?

7. What opposite images are used here for France and England?

8. What course of action does the Constable urge?

9. Does the French king take this advice?

10. What prediction does the Constable make?

1. They have learned of...

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Act III, Scene 6 Questions and Answers

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1. Of what two characters does Fluellen speak admiringly? Why?

2. In military terms, what was the effect of Exeter’s accomplishment?

3. Does Fluellen seem to be a good judge of character? How do you know?

4. How does Pistol explain Bardolph being sentenced to death for theft?

5. What object did Bardolph steal, and where did he get it?

6. Is the death sentence unduly harsh for such a crime?

7. What is surprising about Henry’s refusal to pardon Bardolph?

8. Henry tells the messenger, Montjoy, that his army is sick and enfeebled. What might be his reason for admitting this?

9. Does Henry challenge Charles to...

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Act III, Scene 7 Questions and Answers

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1. Where are the French during this scene?

2. What is the subject of discussion among the French?

3. Who says his horse is “pure air and fire”?

4. Do the others agree with him?

5. To what human being does the Constable compare the Dauphin’s horse?

6. Why does the punning, joking, and verbal jousting seem odd or inappropriate here?

7. About whose virtue does the Constable say, “never anybody saw it but his lackey”?

8. What metaphor does Rambures use in acknowledging the valor of the English?

9. According to Rambures, what meals are the English served by their wives?

10. What does he mean...

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Act IV, Prologue Questions and Answers

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1. What preparations for war does Chorus describe?

2. Are the two camps far apart?

3. What time is it?

4. Which soldiers are gambling?

5. What are the English soldiers doing?

6. What is implied about the physical condition of the English?

7. That appearance does Henry present to the men? Why?

8. Who is called “Harry”?

9. When will the battle begin?

10. At this point, how do the English chances look?

1. He describes the noise of armor, the neighing of horses, and the whispers of sentinels.

2. No, they are quite near each other.

3. The...

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Act IV, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

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1.Why does Henry adopt a disguise?

2.When Henry asks Pistol for his opinion of the king, is the reply positive or negative?

3.Have Henry and Pistol known each other before?

4.What is Henry’s opinion of Fluellen?

5.Do any of the soldiers voice disapproval of King Henry?

6.Henry argues that every subject’s duty belongs to the king, but “his ___ is his own.” What word is missing?

7.In Henry’s dispute with Williams, what sign of recognition do the two exchange?

8.According to Henry, what prevents a king from getting a good night’s sleep?

9.For whom has Henry hired 500 people to pray?


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Act IV, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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1. What does Constable say will “suck away the souls” of the English?

2. According to Grandpre, what is the state of the English army?

3. What are “carrions”?

4. What is the mood of these French commanders?

5. What irony is there in their attitude?

6. Do the French commanders fight on foot?

7. According to the Constable, what could the French lackeys and peasants do?

8. How does Grandpre describe the English horses?

9. What mocking suggestion does the Dauphin make?

10. What time of day is it?

1. He says the mere sight of the French will do so.


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Act IV, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

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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?

1. It is 60,000....

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Act IV, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

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1. What is the French soldier afraid of?

2. How does he hope to save himself?

3. What is Pistol’s reaction?

4. Who translates for the Frenchman?

5. What is the boy’s reaction to these proceedings?

6. When the Frenchman cries “O Seigneur Dieu!,” what is his meaning?

7. How does Pistol mistake his meaning?

8. How does the action of this scene parallel that of the preceding scene?

9. Why do you think Shakespeare has the boy translate in this scene?

10. What “luggage” does the boy decide to help guard?

1. He is afraid Pistol will kill him.

2. He...

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Act IV, Scene 5 Questions and Answers

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1. What three authorities are invoked at the start of this scene?

2. What does the French “ranks are broke” mean?

3. What do these Frenchmen intend to do?

4. What motivates them to do so?

5. If they decide to live, what is their probable future?

6. How does their state of mind here compare with the way we last saw them?

7. What suggestion does the Dauphin make?

8. Do the English now outnumber the French?

9. How does this fact make their behavior all the more shameful?

10. Why is the Dauphin’s reaction more shameful than that of the others?

1. The French call...

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Act IV, Scene 6 Questions and Answers

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1. What values do the deaths of York and Suffolk exemplify?

2. How might their death be contrasted with the French in the preceding scene?

3. Why would killing prisoners be considered barbaric and dishonorable?

4. Why does Henry give this order?

5. What effect might this have on the audience’s estimation of Henry?

6. Does Henry know the battle’s outcome yet?

7. How many times did Exeter see York during the battle?

8. When Suffolk saw York die, what did he do?

9. What is Exeter’s emotional response to this memory?

10. Does this news suggest that the English are winning or losing?


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Act IV, Scene 7 Questions and Answers

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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...

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Act IV, Scene 8 Questions and Answers

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1. What happens when Fluellen meets Williams?

2. How does this dispute end?

3. In round numbers, what are the casualties of the battle on both sides?

4. What are Non Nobis and Te Deum?

5. Why does Henry order his men to sing them?

6. Why does Fluellen take Williams for a traitor?

7 Is Williams reconciled with Fluellen by the gift of money?

8. Does Henry apologize for having deceived Williams and Fluellen?

9. Did many of the French ruling class die in the battle?

10. What penalty does Henry prescribe for boasting of victory?

1. Williams strikes him.


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Act V, Prologue Questions and Answers

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1. What geographic locales are mentioned in the Prologue?

2. What is a whiffler?

3. What does the metaphor of a whiffler refer to here?

4. What do Henry’s “bruised helmet and bent sword” signify?

5. What do his advisors want Henry to do with these objects?

6. What is his answer to them? Why?

7. Why does Henry delay in taking over the French throne?

8. To whom or what are the London mayor and citizens compared?

9. What does Henry’s rejection of glory tell us about him?

10. Why did Shakespeare not stage the homecoming scene?

1. Calais, the English beach,...

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Act V, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

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1. What events transpired between Acts IV and V?

2. Where has Fluellen placed the leek he intends to force Pistol to eat?

3. How does this parallel the quarrel between Henry and Williams?

4 Besides the beating, what other misfortunes has Pistol suffered?

5. Does he decide to change occupations as a result?

6. Who is described as “swelling like a turkey-cock”?

7. What is Pistol’s reaction to the leek?

8. What is a cudgel?

9. During Elizabethan times, was it a compliment to call someone a Trojan?

10. Before leaving, Fluellen gives Pistol a groat. What is this?


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Act V, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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1. What attitude do the attendees of this meeting seem to have?

2. What is the purpose of the conference?

3. The Queen of France likens Henry’s eyes to “balls of the burning basilisk.” What is a basilisk?

4. What does Burgundy call “this best garden of the world”?

5. What are docks, kecksies, and burrs?

6. What might they symbolize in Burgundy’s “garden”?

7. To overcome Katharine’s shyness, how does Henry describe himself?

8. Henry says he has something “not worth sunburning.” What is it?

9. Does Charles disagree with any of Henry’s treaty demands?

10. How many of Henry’s...

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