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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. About how many litters per year can the Rattus norvegicus have per year?

2. Who tries to construct a new wireless?

3. Why is Grey angry?

4. What is Daven doing?

5. Why does the King thank Sgt. Masters?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Col. Brant reprimand and for what reason?

2. What does President Truman demand and how does this affect life in the camp and for Marlowe, McCoy and Larkin?

3. Describe the negotiations between Timsen and the King for medical help for Marlowe.

4. Why are King and Marlowe in the King's tent at the opening of Chapter 19 and what happens?

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

6. Describe the reaction of the first arrival of the American forces at Changi camp.

7. What are Lt. Grey's thoughts after being assigned new duties?

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

9. How do Marlowe, Larkin and Smedly-Taylor decide to pass on the news to the camp after getting the radio working and what is the result?

10. Describe Flt. Lt. Peter Marlowe.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Part of understanding the way the POWs behave is thoroughly understanding the conditions at Changi Camp. Using information from throughout the text, discuss the following:

1. Describe the physical surroundings of the Changi Camp. What dangers are inherent in a tropical jungle setting? (You may need to research this). What are the sleeping quarters like? The waster facilities? The places for cleaning one's body or clothes?

2. Describe the food situation in the camp. How much food do the Japanese allot each man? What ways are there to supplement the camp rations? How nutritional is the men's diet?

3. Describe the medical situation in the camp. Who provides medical care? How much medicine is available? What type of diseases are the men prone to in a tropical jungle setting?

4. Describe the entertainment/psychological aspects of the camp. Do the men have ways to pass the time that are stimulating? How much psychological pressure is there on the average man with trying to survive?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Give a brief statement of the plot of KING RAT

2. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in KING RAT. How do you think KING RAT be different if this were a POW camp in Germany? In Italy?

3. Discuss thoroughly how you think a POW camp run by the Americans or British would differ from Changi. (This will require some research.)

Essay Topic 3

Often in an unusual situation, especially one as difficult as Changi, when the experience comes to a close, people respond in various ways--sometimes in ways that seem mysterious to the onlooker. Discuss the following:

1. Describe how the King, Marlowe, and Sean each respond to liberation and discuss why you think they do so. Does each response make sense to those who come to help the POWs? Does it make sense to you, the reader?

2. Choose three characters and discuss how you think the experience at Changi will impact their future behavior. Will the impact be mainly negative? Or will there be some positive outcomes? Do you think any of them suppress the memories of the experience? Why or why not.

3. It is obvious how such a situation as Changi can have a negative effect on those incarcerated there, but it is possible that there are positive outcomes also. Discuss some of the possible positive effects such an experience might have on a person.

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