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 Nat's impression of the Queen?

2. Why might someone try to harm the Queen at the play?

3. Upon whose behalf does Burbage plead mercy?

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

5. What was needed for someone to travel back to Shakespeare's time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nat argue with Arby about Nat's exit and what does Nat do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. 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 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 that of two other characters and to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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