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 happens in the last month of bull dancer training?

2. Why did someone give the bull medicine to make him mad?

3. What angered Poseidon?

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

5. As a bull dancer, what does Theseus decide he wants to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe King Minos and what he tells Theseus in their first meeting.

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

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

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

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

9. Explain the relationship between Theseus and Ariadne.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moira is an important symbol throughout The King Must Die. Theseus his dedicated to his belief of moira.

Part 1) Define moira, citing examples from the text where it's described.

Part 2) Explain how Theseus' belief in moira gives him freedom and how it hinders him.

Part 3) Describe how Theseus' belief in moira changes throughout the novel. Is he as passionate in the end of the novel as he is in the beginning?

Essay Topic 2

Theseus is a good and fair leader, and he believes in justice. Justice is an important theme throughout The King Must Die.

Part 1) Explain the meaning of justice.

Part 2) Describe some examples of justice from the book. What does justice mean to Theseus?

Part 3) Compare an example of justice from the book to a moment in your own life. Do you believe as Theseus does?

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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