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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. How does Nat save Roper's life?
2. What class does Henry Condell teach?
3. What puts Nat at ease where he is staying?
4. Why does Arby make the boys play the games?
5. What does Arby point out to Nat?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to make Nat feel uncomfortable with his fellow actors?
2. What is happening to the Nat that is transported to 1999?
3. What happens to Nat at the beginning of the first day of rehearsals on the stage at Globe?
4. Where do the apprentices go after classes?
5. What is the purpose of the games and what does Nat think of some of the games?
6. How does Roper conspire to make Nat look bad?
7. Who arrives at Shakespeare's home and forces his way upstairs to talk about what?
8. How were the boys chosen for the Company of Boys?
9. How is Nat different from the other apprentices and to what do the apprentices attribute the differences?
10. How does Nat make things good between himself and Roper?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation when Nat saves the life of Roper who has been spiteful to Nat over and over again. What other situations contain irony in "King of Shadows"?
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "King of Shadows". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?
3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in King of Shadows and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.
Essay Topic 2
Many readers of a book such as "King of Shadows" place themselves in the position of someone like Nat, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. 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 the 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 how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "King of Shadows", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements of "King of Shadows". (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.
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