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 fascinates everyone in the acting company?

2. What confuses Nat?

3. About what does Nat tell Gil from his time with Shakespeare?

4. Why does a day laborer flash a sign to ward evil at Nat?

5. What does Nat decide to immerse himself in instead of worrying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What interests the company about Nat and Roper and how does Nick Tooley put Nat into an awkward position?

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

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

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

5. Why does Nat challenge Arby's authority?

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

7. What is Nat trying to figure out about his experience over the past week and what does he decide about them?

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

9. What does Nat ask Shakespeare about Nat's choices after St. Paul's and what is Shakespeare's response?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "King of Shadows" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character of Nat. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think he is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Shakespeare. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy? Is he portrayed in King of Shadows like you might imagine he was in real life? Why or why not.

3. Thoroughly discuss two other characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

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