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 realize about the bear?

2. What does Nat find comforting even in the heat of an argument?

3. Who offers to let Nat live with him?

4. What does Nat notice about Harry's speech?

5. Of what does Mistress Fawcett warn Nat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Arby and Gill have a small confrontation and what is the result?

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

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

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

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

7. How is Nat different from the other apprentices and to what do the apprentices attribute the differences?

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

9. With whom does Nat live in London and how does he feel about them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "King of Shadows". Questions that Cooper might want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Cooper's agenda (for example Nat's father's suicide). Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Cooper's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Cooper and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

Susan Cooper uses real historical events and facts around which to weave her work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "King of Shadows" qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. What surprises you about the culture of late 1599 England?

4. What would you like the most about the time of 1599 England?

5. What would you like the least about the time of 1599 England?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "King of Shadows".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of King of Shadows. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "King of Shadows". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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