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. Where is Nat when he wakes in Chapter 4?

2. What does Nat think is similar to the Globe Theater of 1999?

3. Who is Rachel?

4. Why does Nat run out of the bear pit?

5. What does Mistress Fawcett say about Shakespeare when he is working upstairs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Nat make things good between himself and Roper?

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

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

9. What amazes Nat about London when he is on his way to the Globe?

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

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

King of Shadows ends on a somewhat positive note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are at least three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "King of Shadows" and if it fulfills some or all of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "King of Shadows" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be different? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

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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