« PreviousContinue »
Prince that day holp his father like a lusty young gentleman; for although he was hurt in the face with an arrow so that divers noblemen that were about him would have conveyed him forth of the field, yet he would not suffer them so to do, lest his departure from amongst his men might happily have stricken some fear into their hearts. The Prince, encouraged by his father's doings, fought valiantly, and slew the Lord Percy, called Sir Henry Hotspur. To conclude, the King's enemies were vanquished and put to flight in which flight the Earl of Douglas, for haste, falling from the crag of a high mountain, was taken, and, for his valiantness of the King frankly and freely delivered. There were also taken the Earl of Worcester, the procurer and setter-forth of all this mischief, Sir Richard Vernon, with divers other. The Earl of Worcester, the Baron of Kinderton and Sir Richard Vernon, knights, were condemned and beheaded.
Questions on 1 Henry IV.
1. In the order of historic chronology, where does the present play belong among the historical dramas of Shakespeare?
2. When was it probably written?
3. What evidences of maturity have been noted in this play as compared with King John, Richard II., and Richard III.?
4. Mention the sources of the play. Point out some historical inaccuracies.
5. Review the part played by Bolingbroke in the preceding drama, Richard II. How does King Henry review this in the opening speech of the present play?
6. Define the literary quality of this speech.
7. To what enterprise is the King about to turn his attention?
8. What reports of troubles in Wales and in the north put aside the King's enterprise?
9. How are Harry Percy and Prince Hal first shown in contrast? What theme, sounded in various keys throughout this play, is first given out in the King's speech?
10. Is the purpose of the play to demonstrate the irony of the King's feeling about Prince Hal?
II. What is Worcester's attitude towards the King? What position has Percy taken which foreshadows rupture with the King?
12. Where does Sc. ii. take place? What is implied by not introducing a common meeting-ground, such as a tavern?
13. How is Falstaff's habit of life presented at the opening of Sc. ii.? Comment upon his good nature, his imagination, his mental alertness, his ability to win laughter and good-humoured toleration.
14. What is implied by the term buff jerkin? How is it used twice in this play?
15. Tell what is implied by the Prince's application to Falstaff of the terms, thou latter spring! All-hallown summer!
16. Show the purpose in the elucidation of Falstaff's character of the robbery plotted in the latter half of Sc. ii.
17. Comment on the bearing of the Prince towards his associates. Does it prepare one for the soliloquy with which the Scene closes? What is the dramatic purpose of this soliloquy in the larger scheme of the drama? Where is its correlative?
18. Can one escape the feeling that the Prince is a prig? Does Shakespeare intend that an impression unfavourable to the Prince shall be derived? What led the Prince to choose such associates? 19. What traits does Sc. iii. show in the King that have been already discerned in the Prince?
20. Who was dismissed from the council?
21. What impression of Hotspur do you get from his defense of himself to the King? Characterize Blunt's speech (line 70 et seq.).
22. Relative to Mortimer, what request did Hotspur make of the King, and how was it answered? What confusion does Shakespeare make in this discussion of Mortimer of two individuals bearing that name?
23. Who was Richard, that sweet lovely rose? What are the facts relative to him here alluded to? Why the above epithet?
24. How does Worcester characterize the speech of Hotspur? Does the Poet overdo Hotspur in this place, or is his vehemence of language natural to one of his temperament?
25. Who proposes the plot? How was the act foreshadowed? What details of the plot are formulated? Wherein is it weak?
26. Show how Sc. i. prepares for the second Scene by suggesting the action and the actors, also by creating the proper atmosphere.
27. What clue to his nature does Falstaff afford in his soliloquy (Sc. ii.) that helps us to understand his non-moral character?
28. Who is the probable writer of the letter shown at the opening of Sc. iii.? Why was the author left unnamed? What part does the letter play in the evolution of the plot?
29. What type of woman was Lady Percy?
30. What side of his nature does Hotspur show to women? Especially note the effect of Hotspur's rejoinder after Lady Percy's long speech. What was Percy's preoccupation of mind during her delivery of it?
31. Was the purpose of the dramatist (Sc. iv.) any other than that alleged by the Prince in presenting the joke played upon the drawer Francis?
32. Explain and account for the mood of the Prince shown in lines 107-122 of Sc. iv.
33. Explain Falstaff's allusion in line 147 et seq. What is the humour of it?
34. Why does Poins instead of the Prince take up Falstaff's accusation of coward? What trait of Falstaff is immediately exploited?
35. Why does the lying of Falstaff not offend our moral scruples?
36. What dramatic expedient temporarily takes Falstaff out of the Scene after line 317? What is the quality of Bardolph's wit?
37. Contrast the power of creating humorous diversion possessed respectively by the Prince and by Falstaff, as seen in the Francis episode and in the mock scene of the Prince's examination by his father.
38. What subtle purpose has Falstaff in openly playing false to his associates in friendship with the Prince?
39. What two threads tie the action with subsequent scenes?
40. What fantastic qualities are displayed by Glendower? Why fantastic rather than poetic? Are these traits racial?
41. Why does Percy enter upon a bickering-match with him? 42. How does the tripartite division of England among the revolters help to point the weakness of the insurrection?
43. What effect is produced by the dispute over the equality of the division?
44. What is the purpose of the scene with the ladies? Indicate the effect of music here. How does this scene help to foreshadow the failure of the revolt?
45. In what way is the conscience of the King troubled? How does he believe himself punished?
46. By what means did Henry secure the good-will of the people, and hence the throne? How does he describe the habit of Richard II.?
47. What is Henry's attitude towards Prince Hal? What is
the Prince's attitude towards his father? Does the King understand the Prince?
48. In Scene ii., after line 128, how might King Henry have gone on and unfolded to the Prince the rationale of the revolt and seen in it, as regards himself, a visitation of nemesis?
49. How much of the philosophic temper had he, added to his immense practical resourcefulness?
50. Comment on the artfulness of the King in touching the chord most calculated to arouse the loyalty of the Prince.
51. What is the effect of Scenes i. and ii. shown in contrast? Where is the climax of the play? What Napoleonic policy does the King profess at the end of Sc. ii.?
52. What is the humorous effect of Falstaff's laying his faults on the company he keeps? How does Falstaff disclose the manner of his return from the Gadshill expedition?
53. Compare Falstaff's scolding-match with Dame Quickly with that between Hotspur and Glendower.
54. How does Falstaff end the quarrel with the Hostess?
55. Mention the various speeches of compliment to Douglas that the play contains.
56. What is the first stage in the fall of the action? On what ground does Northumberland urge the prosecution of the plans?
57. What face does Hotspur put on the absence of Northumberland to show to the advantage of the insurgents?
58. What effect is produced by the manner of presenting the character of the opposition coming to meet them and the curtailment of their cwn forces? Comment on the demonic power displayed by Percy.
59. How does he speak of the Prince of Wales?
60. How is it shown that the cause is lost even before the fighting begins?
61. How did Falstaff recruit his regiment? How does he describe it? What is Falstaff's state of mind in delivering his soliloquy in Sc. ii.?
62. How is the council of war (Sc. iii.) divided in opinion.? What message is received from the King?
63. What facts concerning Henry, not already presented in the