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. Who escorts Nat and Shakespeare home?

2. Why might someone try to harm the Queen at the play?

3. What does Gil want to do after hearing Nat's story?

4. About what does Nat tell Gil from his time with Shakespeare?

5. Who visits Nat at the Fisher's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Nat challenge Arby's authority?

4. What do Nat, Gil and Rachel learn about the Nat Field of 1599?

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

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

7. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

8. How do Gil and Rachel respond to Nat's story about his time in 1599?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

In order to set up the plot, the writer has to introduce an implausible events. Discuss the following:

1. Research and define the term "narrative contrivance" and give several examples of it from other books and movies you have read.

2. Analyze the the event that seems a bit too far fetched that sets the rest of the story in motion. Is there any way theses "contrivances" could be left out and the plot move forward in much the same way that it does? What other ways are there to have gotten the same results?

3. Is much of fiction in some ways a contrivance? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Setting as far as place and time play critical role in "King of Shadows". Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the 2 times where the action takes place--1999 and 1599. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. How do you think "King of Shadows" would change if Nat actually stayed 1599? (You need to research England at the time and see if there are any major differences). Consider if the plague were not an issue. What if he accidentally ended up in a radically different area such as the Orient or Africa?

3. What issues that are present in the 1599 time of "King of Shadows" are still present today? What are no longer issues today? Consider such things cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

4. How would the plot be impacted if the setting were in the United States at the same time period (1599)? Explain the differences.

5. How important do you think it is to understand the setting of a particular book? Explain.

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