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 is McCoy so happy?

2. What does McCoy say to Larkin about Prouty?

3. What is borehole detail?

4. Where does the King summon Marlowe, Larkin and McCoy?

5. What do some men wonder about Marlowe and the King?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the scene where Marlowe acts as a go-between.

3. Describe the negotiations for the diamond.

4. Why does Sean refuse to go on stage and what changes his mind?

5. What does Dr. Kennedy say about Marlowe's arm?

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

7. Describe the transaction between the King and Shagata.

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

9. Who gets a letter from home and how does it seem many POWs feel about letters?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Right from the very beginning, it is obvious that some men will survive their experience in the camp and some will not. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe the physical/emotional/spiritual/psychological characteristics of the men who survive and do so quite well in the camp. Who are some of those men? Describe each one briefly.

2. Describe the physical/emotional/spiritual/psychological characteristics of the men who do not survive or fare poorly in the camp. Who are some of those men? Describe each one briefly.

3. Analyze your own personality and discuss whether you think you would be a survivor or not. Choose several situations and discuss how you would have managed them.

Essay Topic 2

Relationships are crucial to the men's survival in a place such as Changi. No one can go it alone. Discuss the following:

1. Describe the relationship between Marlowe and the King. Upon what is it based? Is there mutual admiration? Do the men genuinely like each other? Is the relationship mostly about using each other? Why or why not? Does the relationship stand the test of change? Why or why not?

2. Describe the relationship between Lt. Grey and Marlowe. Upon what is it based? Is there mutual admiration? Do the men genuinely like each other? Is the relationship mostly about using each other? Why or why not? Does the relationship stand the test of change? Why or why not?

3. Describe the relationship between Lt. Grey and the King? Upon what is it based? Is there mutual admiration or contempt? Do the men genuinely like each other? Hate each other? Is the relationship mostly about using each other? Why or why not? Does the relationship stand the test of change? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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