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King Henry IV, Part 1

William Shakespeare

Study Help Essay Questions

1. In what sense are there two kings of England in this play?

2. In terms of debits and credits, what are the chief facets of Falstaff's character?

3. What is the chief contribution made respectively by (a) Bardolph, (b) Francis, and (c) Vernon?

4. What are the virtues and the limitations of Hotspur?

5. Hotspur refers to Henry IV as "this vile politician Bolingbroke." What justification does he have for this term?

6.     How does the character of Hotspur compare with (a) Prince Hal, (b) Douglas, and (c) Worcester?

7. What excuse is there for the presence of Archbishop Scroop in this play?