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. To where will the Company go after this location?

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

3. What is the first play the Company of Boys rehearses?

4. Who guides Nat in his dream?

5. What play is Shakespeare thinking of writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nat react to the bear pit?

2. Why does Arby kick one of the boys out of the company?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens with Nat in Chapter 3?

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

10. What is happening to the Nat that is transported to 1999?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

King of Shadows belongs to the literary genre of historical fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?

2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read an historical fiction novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.

3. In "academe," historical fiction novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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