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. What gift does Theseus' father give him?

2. What happens to Theseus after the bull dance?

3. What is the name of the bull god?

4. How long does the war last?

5. In what month are the bull dancers trained to leap and do cartwheels?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what Theseus does when the men from Crete come for their tribute and why.

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

4. Describe how Theseus is hurt during a bull dance.

5. Explain why Asterion might have a grievance against Theseus.

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

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

8. Explain what Theseus learns about the customs and prophesies of the Creates.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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