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 does Nat sleep with under his pillow?

2. Who escorts Nat and Shakespeare home?

3. What color is Gilbourne's wig?

4. Why do Gil and Rachel believe Nat's tale about his trip to an earlier time?

5. What does Rachel notice as she hugs Nat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Sam Gilbourne dressed for his role as Hippolyta?

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

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

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

6. What is Nat trying to figure out about himself and what are the other apprentices trying to figure out about Nat while they are celebrating at a tavern.

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

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

9. How does Nat feel before the performance and how does Shakespeare help Nat with those feelings?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "King of Shadows".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of King of Shadows. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "King of Shadows". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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