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 is the other book Arby gives Nat?

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

3. What does the audience yell at Nat as he is playing Puck?

4. What does Nat try to figure out about his time in the earlier century?

5. What does Shakespeare say to keep a secret from the teachers at St. Paul's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nat, Burbage and Shakespeare's interview with Queen Elizabeth I.

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

3. What dos Arby give Nat and what does Nat discover is Arby's full name?

4. What does Harry explain to Nat about the political climate of that time?

5. In Chapter 12, who arrives at Guy's Hospital and what does the person learn?

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

7. What do Nat and his aunt Jen decide to do?

8. What is the audience's response to Sam's entrance onstage?

9. What does Shakespeare tell Nat about soldiers in the theater and what happens with that situation?

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation when Nat saves the life of Roper who has been spiteful to Nat over and over again. What other situations contain irony in "King of Shadows"?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "King of Shadows". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in King of Shadows and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Arby and Richard Burbage. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of King of Shadows? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of King of Shadows?

2. Compare/contrast Nat of 1999 at the beginning of the story with the Nat of 1999 at the end of the story. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "King of Shadows"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of King of Shadows?

3. Compare/contrast Shakespeare and Nat's (of 1999) father. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "King of Shadows"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of "King of Shadows"?

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