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. About what does Shakespeare congratulate Nat?

2. How does Nat leave the hospital?

3. What does Nat hope will happen as he returns to St. Paul's?

4. What does Nat sleep with under his pillow?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Nat please Sam Gilbourne?

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

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

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

9. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world of academia, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "King of Shadows" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "King of Shadows" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that "King of Shadows" is a teen novel changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of love throughout King of Shadows. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with love? Why? What are some symbols of love? Symbols of hate or dislike? What characters seem most loving? Least loving?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of grief throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most concerned with grief? Why? What are some symbols of grief? How do the characters handle grief?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of politics throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most involved in politics? Why? What are some symbols of politics? Symbols of power? Why are some of the ways different characters express their political involvement?

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