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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 confuses Nat?
2. Why does Nat go to the theater after breakfast?
3. When do they think Nat will be released from the hospital?
4. About what does Shakespeare congratulate Nat?
5. What does Nat realize must have happened to him?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Nat argue with Arby about Nat's exit and what does Nat do?
2. What do Nat and his aunt Jen decide to do?
3. What does Nat think is the reason he and the other Nat were not discovered to be impostors?
4. What dos Arby give Nat and what does Nat discover is Arby's full name?
5. In Chapter 12, who arrives at Guy's Hospital and what does the person learn?
6. What interests the company about Nat and Roper and how does Nick Tooley put Nat into an awkward position?
7. How do Gil and Rachel respond to Nat's story about his time in 1599?
8. What intrigues Nurse Stevens about the Nat she is caring for in the isolation unit?
9. What does Nat ask Shakespeare about Nat's choices after St. Paul's and what is Shakespeare's response?
10. How is Sam Gilbourne dressed for his role as Hippolyta?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
There are a number of interesting questions raised by "King of Shadows". Questions that Cooper might want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Cooper's agenda (for example Nat's father's suicide). Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Cooper's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Cooper and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.
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