King of Shadows Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Nat go to bed early?

2. Who is Sam Gilbourne?

3. With whom does Nat live?

4. Who denies any wrongdoing?

5. What class does John Heminges teach?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Nat different from the other apprentices and to what do the apprentices attribute the differences?

2. What does Arby forbid the boys to do and how does Nat react to Arby's guidance?

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

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

5. What does Nat notice about Eric Sawyer and Gil Warmun as the two other boys are acting?

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

7. What does Nat recite for his speaking class and who congratulates him after the recitation?

8. What does Nat learn about an upcoming visit from the Queen and what does he have to do regarding the news?

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

10. How does Roper conspire to make Nat look bad?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "King of Shadows" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of love throughout King of Shadows. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with love? Why? What are some symbols of love? Symbols of hate or dislike? What characters seem most loving? Least loving?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of grief throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most concerned with grief? Why? What are some symbols of grief? How do the characters handle grief?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of politics throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most involved in politics? Why? What are some symbols of politics? Symbols of power? Why are some of the ways different characters express their political involvement?

Essay Topic 3

Nat of 1999 is a about sixteen when the novel opens. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Nat seems like an average sixteen year old? Give examples and why you say the activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Nat seems older than sixteen? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Nat as he is developed throughout the book.

3. Is it realistic to think Nat could handle the situations that arise in the novel in the ways he does? How much impact do you think Nat's father's suicide had on his growing up faster?

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