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 remember from his history lesson about the Earl of Essex?

2. What confuses Nat?

3. What does Shakespeare read to Nat?

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

5. What is one thing that worries Nat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Nat think is the reason he and the other Nat were not discovered to be impostors?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Arby and Richard Burbage. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of King of Shadows? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of King of Shadows?

2. Compare/contrast Nat of 1999 at the beginning of the story with the Nat of 1999 at the end of the story. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "King of Shadows"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of King of Shadows?

3. Compare/contrast Shakespeare and Nat's (of 1999) father. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "King of Shadows"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of "King of Shadows"?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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