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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. On what does Grey splurge?

2. What did Smedly-Taylor ask of Cox and Daven?

3. To what does the King invite Marlowe?

4. For what do the Korean guards search?

5. What does Grey see the King do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Marlowe run for his water bottle?

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

4. Describe Flt. Lt. Peter Marlowe.

5. Why is Lt. Grey happy at the beginning of Chapter 6?

6. Describe Max.

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

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

9. How does Marlowe demonstrate the part of his personality that might be labeled risk taker or thrill seeker?

10. Describe Col. Grant Larkin.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 4, the idea that a radio is essential to the good morale is introduced. Discuss the following:

1. Explain why you think the Japanese commander is continually searching for contraband radios. What should happen to a POW who is discovered to have "sold" the location of a camp radio to the Japanese?

2. Demonstrate using examples from the text how the radio contributes to the emotional/psychological well being of the men.

3. How does a radio play into the actual survival of the POWs at the end of the book?

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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