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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is the Company of Boys allowed to rehearse at the theater?

2. What does Nat say as to how his father died?

3. Who quit the acting company in a dramatic fashion?

4. What does Shakespeare change about how Nat learned his part in the United States in a later era?

5. To where does Nat fear he has traveled?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Arby point out to Nat in the first reading of one play?

2. How does Nat increase his acting skills, in particular playing the character of Puck?

3. What does Roper suggest the boys do and what does Nat feel he must go?

4. Where do the apprentices go after classes?

5. What does Nat learn about the Globe Theater of 1599?

6. How do Arby and Gill have a small confrontation and what is the result?

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

8. How does Nat react to the bear pit?

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

10. What happens to make Nat feel uncomfortable with his fellow actors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "King of Shadows", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements of "King of Shadows". (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of a book such as "King of Shadows" place themselves in the position of someone like Nat, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as the King of Shadows help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading King of Shadows? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "King of Shadows" to discuss and compare Nat's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "King of Shadows".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of King of Shadows. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "King of Shadows". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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