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 offer does Nat decline?

2. With what does Burbage paint Nat's body?

3. What does Nurse Jenkins tell Nat?

4. What does Nat sleep with under his pillow?

5. What performance is about to begin at the opening to Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

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

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

5. 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.

6. How do Gil and Rachel believe Nat Field of 1999 saved Shakespeare's life?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

In order to set up the plot, the writer has to introduce an implausible events. Discuss the following:

1. Research and define the term "narrative contrivance" and give several examples of it from other books and movies you have read.

2. Analyze the the event that seems a bit too far fetched that sets the rest of the story in motion. Is there any way theses "contrivances" could be left out and the plot move forward in much the same way that it does? What other ways are there to have gotten the same results?

3. Is much of fiction in some ways a contrivance? Why or why not.

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