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 Shakespeare say about the show to Burbage and Nat?

4. Where does the Queen ask the company to perform in a month's time?

5. What does Arby recite from memory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

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

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

8. Why does Nat challenge Arby's authority?

9. How does Nat please Sam Gilbourne?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character of Nat. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think he is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Shakespeare. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy? Is he portrayed in King of Shadows like you might imagine he was in real life? Why or why not.

3. Thoroughly discuss two other characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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