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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. Why does the King slap Marlowe?
2. To whom does Marlowe send coconuts?
3. Why are the King and his cohorts having a hard time making more cages?
4. What does the doctor warn Marlowe about his arm?
5. Where does the King summon Marlowe, Larkin and McCoy?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does the King invite to start up a rat breeding operation and what is the plan?
2. Describe the negotiations for the diamond.
3. Describe the scene where Marlowe acts as a go-between.
4. With what does Larkin surprise Marlowe and why does he do so?
5. Describe the "birthday party" of the elite who are invited to a barbecue.
6. How does Lt. Grey compromise his honor and what is his reaction after doing so?
7. What happens when the King offers Marlowe $108 dollars as Marlowe's take in the transaction with Prouty's watch?
8. Why isn't Marlowe successful in going after the money and how is he care for with the medicines Timsen gets?
9. Who intercepts Lt. Grey as he goes to arrest Prouty and Marlowe, and why does Grey allow himself to be distracted?
10. Why does Sean refuse to go on stage and what changes his mind?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"Politics" and manipulation influence much of what happens in KING RAT. Discuss one of the following:
1. Describe the political situation in KING RAT and how it impacts the actions of three of the major characters.
2. Discuss and analyze several people who try to manipulate others and their responses to the manipulators.
3. Do you think the Politics of a group of civilians in a similar situation would be different from that of the military, which has a system of rank that in some ways limits politics? Or does a military structure limit politics?
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
Chapter 6 examines camp justice, where the many must be protected from the dishonest few. Being kicked out of a regiment is tantamount to death, which would come more swiftly and violently if the theft were publicized.
1. Though narration suggests there are few dishonest POWs, it seems the book is replete with examples of dishonesty in one form or another by many of the main characters. Discuss the fact that bribery seems rampant in the camp. What are the forms of bribery? Who participates? Is it moral? Can it be justified on the basis of the instinct to survive?
2. Though there seems to be much rule-breaking, there is still honor among thieves...sometimes. Discuss instances of when someone such as the King is honorable and why. Discuss instances of when someone who seems honest is not and why they are not. Which person is more despicable? Explain.
3. Do you think possessions and "marketing" should be regulated and supervised? Why or why not?
4. Black marketing seems to be looked at quite differently than outright thievery. Discuss the difference between the two.
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