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

2. What does Shakespeare say Nat must do about St. Paul's?

3. Why is the Nat of the modern era sad?

4. Who is Sam Gilbourne dressed to resemble?

5. Who tells Jennifer she cannot see Nat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Nat feel before the performance and how does Shakespeare help Nat with those feelings?

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

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

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

6. What does Nat think is the reason he and the other Nat were not discovered to be impostors?

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

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

9. Describe Nat, Burbage and Shakespeare's interview with Queen Elizabeth I.

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

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

Many books are often made into a movie based upon the book. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think you would enjoy watching a film based upon "King of Shadows"? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the subject matter would be more difficult or easier to portray in film versus in the book? Explain your reasoning.

3. Would you allow your high school-aged son or daughter (imagining you have one) to view the film? Explain your answer.

4. How do you think the movie would differ from the book? Explain.

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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