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. Why does Theseus decide to make friends with one of the neighboring kingdoms?

2. Why does Theseus choose not to travel to Athens on the ship?

3. Whom do Theseus and his friend run into as they begin their journey?

4. Why does Theseus' chariot crash?

5. What is the relationship of Diokles and Theseus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Define the relationship between Theseus and Xanthos.

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

6. Describe how Xanthos tries to undermine Theseus after the first battle.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Aigeus is Theseus' father and the king of Athens; their relationship is an important element to the novel.

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

Part 2) Explain whether you believe it a good thing that Aigeus sent Theseus away as a child. Should he have tried to raise him?

Part 3) Who do you think should have been the ruler in the end if Aigeus hadn't committed suicide? Aigeus or Theseus?

Essay Topic 3

Theseus' great leadership brings loyalty from his men. There are many different examples of leaders commanding respect and using power throughout the novel. Explain how being a great leader can bring loyalty, citing examples from the text. Theseus and Asterion are both leaders. Compare the different ways they command respect using examples.

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