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 Harry say to Nat about Nat's reply to Nick's question?

2. What do Gil and Rachel realize is a result of the swap of the two Nats?

3. What does Rachel notice as she hugs Nat?

4. What seems to confound the Nat from the 16th century in his isolation room?

5. Why do Gil and Rachel believe Nat's tale about his trip to an earlier time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nat please Sam Gilbourne?

2. What interests the company about Nat and Roper and how does Nick Tooley put Nat into an awkward position?

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

5. Why does Nat argue with Arby about Nat's exit and what does Nat do?

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

7. What is the audience's response to Sam's entrance onstage?

8. What secret does Arby reveal to Nat?

9. Where does Nat awaken in Chapter 17 and what does he find out?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world of academia, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

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

Many readers of a book such as "King of Shadows" place themselves in the position of someone like Nat, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. 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 the 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 how you think you would respond.

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