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 play does Shakespeare write after his brief encounter with Nat?

2. What does Shakespeare say to keep a secret from the teachers at St. Paul's?

3. What does Nick Tooley ask Nat about Nat's aunt?

4. What does Nat worry about as far as St. Paul's school is concerned?

5. What does the flag flying over the Globe indicate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

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

3. What does Nat ask Shakespeare about returning to St. Paul's and what is Shakespeare's response?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Nat challenge Arby's authority?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as King of Shadows help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading King of Shadows? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "King of Shadows" to discuss and compare Nat's response to that of two other characters and to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of love throughout King of Shadows. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with love? Why? What are some symbols of love? Symbols of hate or dislike? What characters seem most loving? Least loving?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of grief throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most concerned with grief? Why? What are some symbols of grief? How do the characters handle grief?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of politics throughout "King of Shadows". What characters are most involved in politics? Why? What are some symbols of politics? Symbols of power? Why are some of the ways different characters express their political involvement?

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