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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 puts Nat at ease where he is staying?
2. Where do some of the boys live when they are in London?
3. Who does Richard Burbage resemble in Nat's mind?
4. Of what does Nat dream?
5. To where does Nat fear he has traveled?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Nat learn about an upcoming visit from the Queen and what does he have to do regarding the news?
2. What amazes Nat about London when he is on his way to the Globe?
3. How does Nat react to the bear pit?
4. What does Arby point out to Nat in the first reading of one play?
5. How do Arby and Gill have a small confrontation and what is the result?
6. What is the purpose of the games and what does Nat think of some of the games?
7. What is the Company of Boys doing in 1999 at the opening of the book?
8. How is Nat different from the other apprentices and to what do the apprentices attribute the differences?
9. How does Nat make things good between himself and Roper?
10. What does Roper suggest the boys do and what does Nat feel he must go?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss the character of Nat. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think he is a protagonist or antagonist? Why
2. Thoroughly discuss the character Shakespeare. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy? Is he portrayed in King of Shadows like you might imagine he was in real life? Why or why not.
3. Thoroughly discuss two other characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?
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