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 does the entire town watch Theseus and the queen doing?

2. Where does Theseus' father rule?

3. What is the name of the king's woman?

4. What age is Theseus as he narrates the story?

5. What does Theseus hear the harper singing about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the importance of Theseus' dream after a harper comes to the palace.

2. Compare two events where Theseus is somewhat harsh in his mannerisms.

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

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

5. Describe the connection between Theseus and Poseidon.

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

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

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

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

10. Define the relationship between Theseus and Xanthos.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Asterion is Theseus' archenemy in The King Must Die; their differences are important to the story.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Asterion and Theseus. How are they similar? How are they different? Give examples from the text.

Part 2) Describe what type of leaders these men are, what do they inspire in their subjects?

Part 3) Explain why Asterion is important for Theseus' growth.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The gods are an essential component in The King Must Die in great and small ways.

Part 1) What are some examples from the text that show Theseus' devotion to his deity? How do his beliefs differ from the other characters?

Part 2) How can straying away from the gods be seen as forgetting what is important in life? What do the gods represent to the people (like in Eleusis and Troizen)?

Part 3) Crete is destroyed by an earthquake. Can this be seen as the god's wrath against a city that doesn't believe anymore? Is Theseus successful in life because of his strong beliefs?

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