King Rat Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What are two potential problems in raising the rats?

2. Who learns to cook the weed gratis?

3. Who is sitting by Sgt. Masters when the Sgt. dies?

4. Who promises to take care of the man in question #83?

5. What is Col. Sellars missing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lt. Grey think should happen to the diamond and what does Larkin reply?

2. What happens when the King offers Marlowe $108 dollars as Marlowe's take in the transaction with Prouty's watch?

3. Describe Col. Kennedy's reactions to Steven.

4. What is the reaction of some outsiders to those in the Changi?

5. Describe Tiny Timsen.

6. Why does Lt. Grey arrest two of Larkin's men and what is Larkin's response?

7. Why isn't Marlowe successful in going after the money and how is he care for with the medicines Timsen gets?

8. Describe the visit between the King and Sgt. Masters.

9. Describe Col. Grant Larkin.

10. How do Marlowe and the King reestablish their friendship after the King blows up at Marlowe about the radio?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The British "stiff upper lip" mentality and class consciousness clashes somewhat with the American and Australian egalitarianism and their greater freedom to complain without censure. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think class consciousness in such a situation as the Changi prison camp helps or hinders survival? Explain your stance fully with specific examples from the text.

2. What do you think the phrase "maintain a stiff upper lip means"? Give examples of it from the text.

3. Do you think maintaining a stiff upper lip in such a situation as the Changi prison camp helps or hinders survival? Explain your stance fully with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Lt. Grey accepts the principle of the lesser evil and that the ends justify the means. Discuss the following:

1. Define and discuss the phase "the ends justifies the means"?

2. What is the "ends" for the men in Changi? What is the means of obtaining that end? Is the means always good? Moral? Justified?

3. Can someone in such a situation as Changi choose to always take the "high road" and still survive? Do any of the characters do so? Discuss with examples.

Essay Topic 3

Religion/spirituality often plays a role in a person's ability to survive difficult circumstances. Discuss the following:

1. Choose 5 characters and discuss how religion and/or spirituality plays a role in their lives at Changi. How important is faith to each character? Does faith contribute significantly to the character's survival? How about the character's choices he makes during the incarceration at Changi?

2. Compare/contrast Theo Drinkwater with Father Donovan. Which man seems more sincere? Which seems to truly be interested in the men's welfare? Who seems to live his beliefs the clearest? Is either man all good or all bad? Why or why not.

3. How much of a role would your religious/spiritual beliefs play in your life if you were in Changi?

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