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 class does John Heminges teach?

2. Who is Richard Burbage?

3. What do the nurses fail to notice about Nat?

4. What is the name of Shakespeare's son?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who arrives at Shakespeare's home and forces his way upstairs to talk about what?

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

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

4. How does Nat react to the bear pit?

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

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

7. What happens to make Nat feel uncomfortable with his fellow actors?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. 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 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 that of two other characters and to how you think you would respond.

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