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 do the people of the town pick someone to do every year?

2. How many women had Aigeus been married to before he met Theseus' mother?

3. What does Theseus do to the chariot driver?

4. In Theseus' dream, what does he use to move the rock?

5. What do the people of the town believe must happen every year?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe two different ways Persephone tries to have Theseus killed.

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

3. Analyze the relationship between Theseus and Queen Persephone, concentrating on how she makes him feel.

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

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

6. Define the relationship between Theseus and Xanthos.

7. Recall what the oracle announces about Theseus' journey.

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

9. Describe two things that Theseus and Dexios encounter on Isthmus Road.

10. Describe what happens to make Queen Persephone cry in Book 2: Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are four different societies depicted in The King Must Die: Troizen, Eleusis, Athens, and Crete. Choose two to compare and contrast in an essay. What deities do the people worship? What rituals do they perform? How does Theseus feel about each society? Which society would you choose to be a member of if you lived in that era?

Essay Topic 2

Rituals are prominent throughout The King Must Die. They are an indicator of the differences and similarities between the cultures. Compare and contrast the different rituals throughout the book. How are they the same? How are they different? How does Theseus feel about the different rituals he encounters throughout his travels? Include several examples from the book. Compare and contrast the rituals in the book to rituals that we have in society today.

Essay Topic 3

The connection between Theseus and Poseidon is essential to the plot of the book, because Poseidon affects Theseus' entire life. Describe the connection between Poseidon and Theseus, and cite examples from the book. Describe attributes that Theseus has gained from his connection to Poseidon. Explain how Poseidon has affected Theseus' life, and cite several examples from the book.

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