King of Shadows Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the Company of Boys doing in 1999 at the opening of the book?

The Company of Boys is playing a series of theater games on their first day of rehearsal for "Julius Caesar" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.

2. What is the purpose of the games and what does Nat think of some of the games?

The company's director, Arby, leads the group through the games to help the boys become acquainted with one another and build trust. Arby explains that the Company of Boys must function as a trusting family. Nat thinks some of the games, including tag, are childish for the group of teenagers.

3. Why does Arby kick one of the boys out of the company?

When one of the boys plays a trick on Nat pretending to drop him during a trust exercise, Arby kicks the boy out of the company and sends him home.

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