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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. For how long will the Company of Boys rehearse in their current location?

2. What class does John Heminges teach?

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

4. Who signals Nat and Harry incorrectly?

5. How far is Shakespeare's home from the Globe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nat please Sam Gilbourne?

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

3. How were the boys chosen for the Company of Boys?

4. Why is Nat worried concerning the political situation and Shakespeare and Burbage?

5. Describe Nat's dream that he has in Chapter 16.

6. What does Nat think is the reason he and the other Nat were not discovered to be impostors?

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

8. How is Sam Gilbourne dressed for his role as Hippolyta?

9. How do Gil and Rachel believe Nat Field of 1999 saved Shakespeare's life?

10. What is Nat trying to figure out about himself and what are the other apprentices trying to figure out about Nat while they are celebrating at a tavern.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. 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 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 that of two other characters and to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

In the world of academia, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "King of Shadows". Questions that Cooper might want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Cooper's agenda (for example Nat's father's suicide). Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Cooper's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Cooper and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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