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 reach for under his pillow?

2. How does Nat feel onstage?

3. Why is Shakespeare nervous as he dresses himself in Chapter 13?

4. What does Nat remember from his history lesson about the Earl of Essex?

5. What is Nat's impression of the Queen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Nat please Sam Gilbourne?

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

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

5. Describe Nat, Burbage and Shakespeare's interview with Queen Elizabeth I.

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

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

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

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

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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