The King Must Die Test | Final 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' father send an invitation to Theseus?

2. Why are Theseus and the bull dancers smuggling things?

3. With what does Theseus kill the king?

4. What is the life expectancy of a bull dancer?

5. Who calls Theseus to a secret meeting chamber?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Theseus' bull, Herakles, was acting funny.

2. Explain what happens to make Theseus force the cranes to renew their vows to each other.

3. Evaluate how much Theseus has grown as a leader in Crete.

4. Describe what Theseus and the cranes do to cause a scene when they arrive at Crete.

5. Explain what Theseus does that makes Ariadne cry in Book 4: Chapter 7.

6. Describe the relationship between Ariadne and Asterion, concentrating on how their mother treated them.

7. Evaluate Theseus' feelings after taking the king's life.

8. Describe the House of the Axe and how Theseus feels about being there.

9. Explain why Theseus is chosen to be the leader of the cranes.

10. Recall how the dancers obtain their bull.

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

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

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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