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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. For how long will the Company of Boys rehearse in their current location?

2. What class does John Heminges teach?

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

4. Who signals Nat and Harry incorrectly?

5. How far is Shakespeare's home from the Globe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nat please Sam Gilbourne?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Nat think is the reason he and the other Nat were not discovered to be impostors?

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

8. How is Sam Gilbourne dressed for his role as Hippolyta?

9. How do Gil and Rachel believe Nat Field of 1999 saved Shakespeare's life?

10. 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.

Essay 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

Many readers of a book such as "King of Shadows" place themselves in the position of someone like Nat, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. 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 the 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 how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

King of Shadows ends on a somewhat positive note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are at least three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "King of Shadows" and if it fulfills some or all of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "King of Shadows" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be different? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

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