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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. Who leads a raid?

2. Where does Col. Kennedy go after talking with the King?

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

4. What is essential to the rat project?

5. Who is Peter Marlowe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the King, Marlowe and Max talk about concerning the rat project?

4. Describe Flt. Lt. Peter Marlowe.

5. Describe Steven.

6. What does Vexley teach and how does it help the rat business?

7. Why are Marlowe's bungalow mates upset that Marlowe refuses the King's offer of a percentage of the tobacco profits?

8. Describe Max.

9. Why are Marlowe and Cox standing sentry duty?

10. Describe the raid on Hut 16 and how Daven reacts.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Chapter 12, as the King haggles with Torusumi about selling a wath, King is very much aware of the fact that saving Face is an essential element of the Asian mindset. If the King gives Torusumi the opportunity to save face, it will make for a more successful transaction and keep Torusumi from seeking revenge. Discuss the following:

1. Research the concept of "saving face" and write in your own words a definition for the concept.

2. How does the King allow Torusumi to "save face"?

3. Does the King seem concerned with saving face in this transaction? What about in any other situation in the book?

4. Which characters seem concerned with saving face? How do they demonstrate this?

Essay Topic 3

Japanese regard Westerners who surrender as dishonored and strip officers of their rank. Discuss the following:

1. After research, compare/contrast Japanese and Western views of surrender.

2. Discuss the ways the Japanese attitudes towards surrender and POWs impacted their treatment of the prisoners in Changi.

3.. Truman demanded and received unconditional surrender from Japan. How do you think this impacted the Japanese National psyche? How do you think someone such as Yoshima in King Rat would explain the Japanese willingness to surrender?

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