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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 Mistress Fawcett say about Shakespeare when he is working upstairs?

2. What does the person who greets Nat say he feared about Nat?

3. Of what does Nat dream?

4. Who is quite animated when acting?

5. What class does Henry Condell teach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the audience's response to Sam's entrance onstage?

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

3. What does Nat learn about an upcoming visit from the Queen and what does he have to do regarding the news?

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

5. What is Nat trying to figure out about himself and what are the other apprentices trying to figure out about Nat while they are celebrating at a tavern.

6. What does Arby point out to Nat in the first reading of one play?

7. Describe Nat's dream that he has in Chapter 16.

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

9. What unexpected thing happens as Nat is acting and what is the outcome?

10. Why is Nat worried concerning the political situation and Shakespeare and Burbage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "King of Shadows" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "King of Shadows" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that "King of Shadows" is a teen novel changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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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