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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 is Nat's impression of the Queen?
2. When do they think Nat will be released from the hospital?
3. Where does the Queen ask the company to perform in a month's time?
4. What is one thing that worries Nat?
5. What is the other book Arby gives Nat?
Short Essay Questions
1. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?
2. What does Harry explain to Nat about the political climate of that time?
3. What interests the company about Nat and Roper and how does Nick Tooley put Nat into an awkward position?
4. Why does Nat argue with Arby about Nat's exit and what does Nat do?
5. What dos Arby give Nat and what does Nat discover is Arby's full name?
6. Describe Nat, Burbage and Shakespeare's interview with Queen Elizabeth I.
7. Where does Nat awaken in Chapter 17 and what does he find out?
8. How do Gil and Rachel believe Nat Field of 1999 saved Shakespeare's life?
9. In Chapter 12, who arrives at Guy's Hospital and what does the person learn?
10. What unexpected thing happens as Nat is acting and what is the outcome?
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
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
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "King of Shadows", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements of "King of Shadows". (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.
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