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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 is Sean?

2. To what does the King invite Marlowe?

3. Who tries to construct a new wireless?

4. What does the doctor rule as cause of death on Gurble?

5. What is Rusa tikus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Max.

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

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

4. What message does Grey get and how does he respond?

5. Who is the Provost Marshal and what is he doing at the opening of Chapter 1.

6. Describe the first meeting between The King and Marlowe.

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

8. Why are Marlowe and Cox standing sentry duty?

9. What is the status of Eve at the opening of Chapter 11?

10. Describe The King.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.)

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