King Henry IV Study Guide

King Henry IV, Part 1

Study Guide

ACT 5 Scene 1

1.Re-read what Worcester says to the king in this scene.Do you agree or disagree with Worcester's opinion?Why?

2.Hal explains that he has been a "truant to chivalry."What does this mean?

3.What challenge does Hal offer to Hotspur?Why does Hal make this offer?

4. Falstaff debates honor.What conclusion does he arrive at?

Act 5 Scene 2

1.Re-read the reasons Worcester decides not to pass on the "liberal kind offer of the king."To what extent does he correctly portray his nephew?

2.Consider Hotspur's first questionon hearing of Prince Hal's challenge.Why is the answer important to him?

3.The answer provokes a significant comment.How does it distinguish Hotspur's character from that of Prince Hal?

4.What is significant about the way in which Hotspur deals with the messenger who comes with the letters?

Act 5 Scene 3

1.In this scene, Hotspur says, "The King hath many marching in his coats."What does he mean?

2.What does this tell us about the strength of support for Henry IV as king?

3.Who loses his life as a consequence?

4.Falstaff is present at the Battle of Shrewsbury.What does he carry in his pistol case?

5.What is Prince Hal's manner with Falstaff when they meet in the midst of the battle?

Act 5 Scene 4

1.What is the king's attitude about fighting during the battle?

2.Why does he want Prince Hal to get off the battlefield?

3.Describe Hal's younger brother John in this scene:

4.How is Henry IV saved in the sword fight with Douglas?

5.What does Hal's action against Douglas show?

6.What two stars cannot occupy the same orbit?Why not?

7.Who mortally wounds whom in this scene?

8.What concerns Hotspur in his dyingmoments?

9.What qualities does the prince emphasize in his farewell to Hotspur?

10.Falstaff's adventures on the battlefield are depicted in this scene.How is his conduct in the encounter with Douglas consistent with his philosophy and character?

11.In what way does the prince's farewell identify the essence of Falstaff's appeal as a human being?

12.Falstaff's resurrection, subsequent actions, and dialogue with the princes show him to be incorrigible.How so?

13.Who says, "The better part of valor is discretion." ? What does this mean?Why would he say it?

14.What evidence is there that Prince Hal is modest in regard to his personal achievements?

ACT 5 Scene5

1.What is the king's declared reason for calling Worcester "ill-spirited" ?

2.Is Worcester's reply consistent with the facts?

3.What is Worcester's fate?Vernon's?

4.In this last scene, Prince Hal performs two generous acts.What are they?

5.Which of these acts indicates that Hal possesses shrewd political wisdom?

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