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 won't Theseus go to his lover the night before the bull dance?

2. Why does Theseus' lover begin to cry?

3. What is the king wearing when the Theseus and his kinsmen first see him in the House of the Axe?

4. What is the name of the bull god?

5. Why is the bull never to be killed or hurt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe an incident in Crete where Theseus shows compassion.

2. Explain what Theseus learns about Asterion's true identity.

3. Explain the relationship between Theseus and Ariadne.

4. Analyze the differences between Theseus and Asterion.

5. Recall how the dancers obtain their bull.

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

7. Explain what the old woman in Aigeus' kingdom says to Theseus.

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

9. Describe bull dancing, concentrating on the different roles of each dancer.

10. Recall what Ariadne tells Theseus about King Minos, explaining how he became sick and why.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ariadne is an important character in The King Must Die, and her relationship with Theseus is important in the story.

Choose either topic 1 or 2 to write about:

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Ariadne and Theseus. How are they similar? How are they different?

2) What do you think would have happened if Ariadne had not been in the story? Would the outcome have changed? Cite examples to show Ariadne's influence on Theseus.

Essay Topic 2

The King Must Die is based on the legend of Theseus.

Part 1) How different would the story be if it was written just like the legend?

Part 2) Which version do you prefer and why?

Part 3) Do you think the legend could be true, or what aspects of the story do you believe to be true?

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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