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. How does Theseus' grandfather feel when he learns Theseus didn't go on the ship?

2. Who is the ruler of the neighboring kingdom?

3. After he returns home from battle, what does Theseus tell the queen?

4. In the story that Theseus' grandfather tells him, what befalls the city?

5. How are Theseus and his friend traveling to Athens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Theseus and Kannadis, concentrating on how Kannadis helps Theseus to understand Poseidon.

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

3. Explain why Theseus becomes angry with his mother after she tells him to lift the stone.

4. Evaluate the impact of Theseus' relationship with Simo, describing how this relationship helped Theseus to grow.

5. Explain why Theseus chose not to go on the ship where his grandfather had attained him a spot .

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

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

8. Describe one of the customs that is performed in Eleusis every year.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator of The King Must Die is also a participant in the story. Analyze how different the story would be if told from an observer and non-participant point of view.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is a literary tool used in The King Must Die. Cite three examples of foreshadowing and how it's used to foretell events to come.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout The King Must Die the theme of belief is prominent. It is the beliefs that the characters, mainly Theseus, have that bring meaning to their lives. What types of beliefs do Theseus possess? Explain how Theseus' beliefs affect the decisions that he makes in his life, citing examples from the text.

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