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

2. What play will be performed in the afternoon?

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

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

5. Where is Nat lying semi-delirious in his real time?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Company of Boys doing in 1999 at the opening of the book?

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

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

6. What is the purpose of the games and what does Nat think of some of the games?

7. Where does Nat wake in the beginning of Chapter 4?

8. What happens to make Nat feel uncomfortable with his fellow actors?

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

10. Where do the apprentices go after classes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Setting as far as place and time play critical role in "King of Shadows". Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the 2 times where the action takes place--1999 and 1599. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. How do you think "King of Shadows" would change if Nat actually stayed 1599? (You need to research England at the time and see if there are any major differences). Consider if the plague were not an issue. What if he accidentally ended up in a radically different area such as the Orient or Africa?

3. What issues that are present in the 1599 time of "King of Shadows" are still present today? What are no longer issues today? Consider such things cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

4. How would the plot be impacted if the setting were in the United States at the same time period (1599)? Explain the differences.

5. How important do you think it is to understand the setting of a particular book? Explain.

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