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. What do the nurses fail to notice about Nat?

2. What does Arby point out to Nat?

3. How can the boys afford to go to the bear pit?

4. What do the apprentices eat for lunch?

5. Who is quite animated when acting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Nat respond when Shakespeare calls the group a family and what does Shakespeare do?

3. What are some of the things that seem different to Nat when he wakes?

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

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

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

7. What is happening to the Nat that is transported to 1999?

8. Where does Nat wake in the beginning of Chapter 4?

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

10. Where does Nat move in Chapter 10 and who shows him around?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many books are often made into a movie based upon the book. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think you would enjoy watching a film based upon "King of Shadows"? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the subject matter would be more difficult or easier to portray in film versus in the book? Explain your reasoning.

3. Would you allow your high school-aged son or daughter (imagining you have one) to view the film? Explain your answer.

4. How do you think the movie would differ from the book? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think the King of Shadows is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Susan Cooper uses real historical events and facts around which to weave her work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "King of Shadows" qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. What surprises you about the culture of late 1599 England?

4. What would you like the most about the time of 1599 England?

5. What would you like the least about the time of 1599 England?

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