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. Who escorts Nat and Shakespeare home?

2. Of what acting group did the earlier Nat Field join?

3. What particularly disgusts Nat about the Queen?

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

5. What does Aunt Jen do when she sees Nat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does Nat awaken in Chapter 17 and what does he find out?

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

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

7. What does Nat ask Shakespeare about returning to St. Paul's and what is Shakespeare's response?

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

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

10. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

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

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 3

Nat of 1999 is a about sixteen when the novel opens. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Nat seems like an average sixteen year old? Give examples and why you say the activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Nat seems older than sixteen? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Nat as he is developed throughout the book.

3. Is it realistic to think Nat could handle the situations that arise in the novel in the ways he does? How much impact do you think Nat's father's suicide had on his growing up faster?

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