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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 think is similar to the Globe Theater of 1999?

2. When is the Company of Boys allowed to rehearse at the theater?

3. Where is the setting at the opening of Chapter 1?

4. What was Nat's father's occupation?

5. What is the date of the opening of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens with Nat in Chapter 3?

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

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

4. What happens to Nat at the beginning of the first day of rehearsals on the stage at Globe?

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

6. What happens to the Nat who is now in 1999?

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the world of academia, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

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