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 does Nat notice about Harry's speech?

2. Who falls through the trap door at the wrong time?

3. What is Shakespeare's company's name?

4. What does Gilbourne urge the apprentices to do?

5. Who is Richard Burbage?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of the games and what does Nat think of some of the games?

3. How does Nat feel about being in the late 16th century and how does Roper make it even worse?

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

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

6. What does Roper suggest the boys do and what does Nat feel he must go?

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

8. Why does Shakespeare step in between Nat and Roper and what is the consequence of his doing so?

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

10. Where do the apprentices go after classes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "King of Shadows" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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

In order to set up the plot, the writer has to introduce an implausible events. Discuss the following:

1. Research and define the term "narrative contrivance" and give several examples of it from other books and movies you have read.

2. Analyze the the event that seems a bit too far fetched that sets the rest of the story in motion. Is there any way theses "contrivances" could be left out and the plot move forward in much the same way that it does? What other ways are there to have gotten the same results?

3. Is much of fiction in some ways a contrivance? Why or why not.

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