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 Nurse Jenkins tell Nat?

2. What does Shakespeare say about the show to Burbage and Nat?

3. What confuses Nat?

4. How did it work that the two Nats were not discovered as being the wrong boys?

5. Where is Nat in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Nat's dream that he has in Chapter 16.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation when Nat saves the life of Roper who has been spiteful to Nat over and over again. What other situations contain irony in "King of Shadows"?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "King of Shadows". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in King of Shadows and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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