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 forbid any of the boys to see?

2. What seems louder to Nat?

3. Who does Arby say has a Southern accent?

4. Who is Rachel?

5. What does Shakespeare change about how Nat learned his part in the United States in a later era?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Nat learn about the Globe Theater of 1599?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens with Nat in Chapter 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many books are often made into a movie based upon the book. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think you would enjoy watching a film based upon "King of Shadows"? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the subject matter would be more difficult or easier to portray in film versus in the book? Explain your reasoning.

3. Would you allow your high school-aged son or daughter (imagining you have one) to view the film? Explain your answer.

4. How do you think the movie would differ from the book? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of love throughout King of Shadows. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with love? Why? What are some symbols of love? Symbols of hate or dislike? What characters seem most loving? Least loving?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of grief throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most concerned with grief? Why? What are some symbols of grief? How do the characters handle grief?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of politics throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most involved in politics? Why? What are some symbols of politics? Symbols of power? Why are some of the ways different characters express their political involvement?

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