King of Shadows Test | Final 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 confuses Nat?

2. What does Nick Tooley ask Nat about Nat's aunt?

3. How does Nat feel onstage?

4. What does Nat worry about as far as St. Paul's school is concerned?

5. When do they think Nat will be released from the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nat challenge Arby's authority?

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

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

4. What unexpected thing happens as Nat is acting and what is the outcome?

5. How does Richard help Nat prepare for Nat's role as Puck and how does Nat feel when he is ready?

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

7. What intrigues Nurse Stevens about the Nat she is caring for in the isolation unit?

8. How do Gil and Rachel respond to Nat's story about his time in 1599?

9. How does Nat feel before the performance and how does Shakespeare help Nat with those feelings?

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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. 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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