King Rat Test | Final 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 false information does the King relay?

2. What does McCoy say to Larkin about Prouty?

3. What does the doctor warn Marlowe about his arm?

4. Who gets a letter from his wife?

5. Who is meeting in the shadows with Prouty?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the transaction between the King and Shagata.

2. How do Marlowe and the King go outside to wire, and where do they go?

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

4. What happens when Lt. Grey stumbles from illness and what is the result?

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

6. Describe Marlowe's visit with McCoy in the infirmary.

7. How does Marlowe manage to obtain a radio and what is the King's reaction?

8. Describe the "birthday party" of the elite who are invited to a barbecue.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In any situation where a group of men are confined for many months or years, sexual urges often are expressed in homosexual acts, though the men may not be homosexual and do not continue having homosexual relations after joining society. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of homosexuality throughout the novel. Is it generally accepted or scorned? Is homosexuality practiced by men in all ranks and nationalities?

2. Even if you have reservations about homosexuality from a moral and/or social standpoint, do you think such behavior under the circumstances of a place like Changi is understandable? Morally acceptable? Justifiable?

3. In chapter 18, Rodrick tells Marlowe that Sean was ordered to play the part of a woman on stage, although, at first, he is reluctant to do so. Do you think that should be considered a lawful order, punishable by court martial if Sean refuses? Is the order fair? What do you think is the rationale behind ordering Sean to get up on stage and play a woman? Is it for his protection (so he can say he was ordered and would not be harassed)? For the psychological health of the men? Or both?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Col Smedly-Taylor with Col. Kennedy . Who seems more powerful? What are each goals? Are both either all good or all evil? Who is more likable? How do both use their political power?

2. Compare/contrast Capt. Brough to Lt. Grey. How are their goals similar and/or different? What is the difference in the way they interact with people? Who is more idealistic? Harsh? Powerful?

3. Compare/contrast the way the Americans military is structured and how the men interact within their ranks to that of the British. Who is more strictly organized? Who has more rules and regulations? Which group would you prefer to belong to? Why?

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