The King Must Die Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of the king's woman?

2. Why does Theseus' mother call on an oracle to look at Theseus' journey?

3. What does the queen's brother try to give Theseus' men after they defeat the city?

4. Why does Aigeus ask the king if he can go to the priestess?

5. What does Theseus decide to do about revealing his true identity to the king?

Short Essay Questions

1. Evaluate Theseus' actions, concentrating on how much he has matured as king.

2. Explain Theseus' plan to get out of the kingdom without shaming his name.

3. Evaluate how Theseus feels about women, giving two examples.

4. Analyze the relationship between Theseus and his grandfather as Theseus grows from boy to man.

5. Recall what happens when Theseus meets Aigeus for the first time.

6. Recall a situation in Chapters 1-4 where Theseus' pride gets in the way.

7. Describe how Theseus is hurt during a bull dance.

8. Analyze the relationship between Theseus and Aigeus at their first meeting.

9. Recall what Ariadne tells Theseus about King Minos, explaining how he became sick and why.

10. Explain why the true identity of Theseus' lineage was hidden.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Theseus' character travels through many areas of ancient Greece, from Troizen to Eleusis to Athens to Crete. The setting of The King Must Die is very important to the story.

Part 1) Define setting, describing the different settings throughout the text.

Part 2) Explain how important the setting is to the plot of the story.

Part 3) Compare the setting of this novel to another novel. Was the setting simple or complex?

Essay Topic 2

Theseus is a good and fair leader, and he believes in justice. Justice is an important theme throughout The King Must Die.

Part 1) Explain the meaning of justice.

Part 2) Describe some examples of justice from the book. What does justice mean to Theseus?

Part 3) Compare an example of justice from the book to a moment in your own life. Do you believe as Theseus does?

Essay Topic 3

What would you have done if you were forced to become a bull dancer? Would you have taken a leadership position like Theseus? What position would you have preferred to have and why (either leaper, chaser, or catcher)?

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