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 Theseus' house called?

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

3. Who do the people of the town care more for as their leader?

4. What does Theseus do for his men after they defeat the city?

5. Why does Theseus' mother not want Theseus to tell anyone along his journey who he is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Theseus' changes the government of Eleusis.

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

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

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

6. Explain the significance of Theseus' grandfather sacrificing the king horse.

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

8. Describe the connection between Theseus and Poseidon.

9. Distinguish the difference between Theseus killing the man on the side of the road and his killing Skiron.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In Eleusis Queen Persephone rules, and the people care nothing for the king. Queen Persephone is very intelligent and powerful.

Part 1) Describe what kind of leader the queen is. What are her beliefs, strengths and weaknesses?

Part 2) Describe how Queen Persephone's character changes throughout the story; cite examples from the text.

Part 3) Explain how Queen Persephone is important to the overall story and how she has affected Theseus' life; cite examples from the text.

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