Guide: Henry V
Below is a study guide designed to enrich your view of Shakespeare's work. Try to answer these questions as best you can... you may realize something you didn't before!
1. Most of the criticism of this play centers on whether Hal has become a good person or a bad person. Consider his unjust war on France along with his ability to save the English from a destructive civil war.
2. Consider the French in this play.
3. Consider Kate's English language lesson at III, iv.
4. Why does Shakespeare include the representatives of all the British Commonwealth countries--
5. Why does Falstaff die offstage?
6. Consider the chorus
7. Shakespeare's audience would know that Hal died a few years after Agincourt and his son lost most of the French holdings.
8. Why does Hal engage in so much playacting in this play?
Thanks to JM Massi, Ph.D. for writing these study questions.