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 does Marlowe wonder about when he encounters Hawkins?

2. Where does Marlowe go in the morning?

3. How long does Yoshima's staff search to find the new radio?

4. What does the King ask Timsen?

5. Where does Townsend get the ring?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the negotiations for the diamond.

2. Describe the pursuit and escape of Marlowe with the money.

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

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

5. How does Lt. Grey compromise his honor and what is his reaction after doing so?

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

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

8. Why will the airfield detail have an agreeable aspect to it?

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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