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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. How does Nat feel about Shakespeare when the man is on the stage?
2. What does Nat realize must have happened to him?
3. About what does Sam Gilbourne ask Nat?
4. Why is Shakespeare nervous as he dresses himself in Chapter 13?
5. Who tells Jennifer she cannot see Nat?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Nat, Gil and Rachel learn about the Nat Field of 1599?
2. How does Nat feel before the performance and how does Shakespeare help Nat with those feelings?
3. 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.
4. In Chapter 12, who arrives at Guy's Hospital and what does the person learn?
5. What is the audience's response to Sam's entrance onstage?
6. What does Nat ask Shakespeare about Nat's choices after St. Paul's and what is Shakespeare's response?
7. What intrigues Nurse Stevens about the Nat she is caring for in the isolation unit?
8. Why does Nat challenge Arby's authority?
9. What is Nat trying to figure out about his experience over the past week and what does he decide about them?
10. What do Nat and his aunt Jen decide to do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think the King of Shadows is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 2
King of Shadows ends on a somewhat positive note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?
2. What are at least three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "King of Shadows" and if it fulfills some or all of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "King of Shadows" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
4. Would you have wished the ending to be different? Why or why not? Would that have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?
Essay Topic 3
Nat of 1999 is a about sixteen when the novel opens. Discuss the following:
1. What are some ways that Nat seems like an average sixteen year old? Give examples and why you say the activities are average teen activities.
2. What are some ways that Nat seems older than sixteen? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Nat as he is developed throughout the book.
3. Is it realistic to think Nat could handle the situations that arise in the novel in the ways he does? How much impact do you think Nat's father's suicide had on his growing up faster?
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