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. How much does Marlowe get for the sergeant's fountain pen?

2. Where does Marlowe go in the morning?

3. Why does Larkin make a batch of blachang?

4. What does Marlowe do in the jungle before his capture?

5. What does the King tell the officers that sobers them briefly as they are laughing and playing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. With what does Larkin surprise Marlowe and why does he do so?

9. Who intercepts Lt. Grey as he goes to arrest Prouty and Marlowe, and why does Grey allow himself to be distracted?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 12, as the King haggles with Torusumi about selling a wath, King is very much aware of the fact that saving Face is an essential element of the Asian mindset. If the King gives Torusumi the opportunity to save face, it will make for a more successful transaction and keep Torusumi from seeking revenge. Discuss the following:

1. Research the concept of "saving face" and write in your own words a definition for the concept.

2. How does the King allow Torusumi to "save face"?

3. Does the King seem concerned with saving face in this transaction? What about in any other situation in the book?

4. Which characters seem concerned with saving face? How do they demonstrate this?

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

Discuss the following:

1. Give a brief statement of the plot of KING RAT

2. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in KING RAT. How do you think KING RAT be different if this were a POW camp in Germany? In Italy?

3. Discuss thoroughly how you think a POW camp run by the Americans or British would differ from Changi. (This will require some research.)

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