The Little Prince Test | Mid-Book 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 was the soil of the little prince's planet infested with?

2. How many times in one day does the sun set on the little prince's planet?

3. Why is the flower not afraid of large animals?

4. What is the tippler doing?

5. What is the businessman doing when the prince first comes across him?

Short Essay Questions

1. The last line of Chapter 9 is "She was such a proud flower." Pride is a theme through out the book. Give some other examples of pride.

2. In a fable everything is symbolic. What is the symbolism of the desert as the central place in the story?

3. Why is the drawing of the baobab so detailed?

4. In Chapter V, the little prince reveals what problem he is facing on his home planet. What is it?

5. Why does the narrator keep showing his drawing to adults throughout his life?

6. What does the pilot offer to give the little prince for his sheep? Why does the little prince reject his offer?

7. The narrator observes that adults are mostly interested in different things than children are drawn to. What are some of the things the narrator notes about the interests of adults vs. the interests of children?

8. When the little prince is leaving his planet, he goes to put the glass globe over the flower. She says no. Why does she decide to go without this protection?

9. What is of great consequence to the businessman, and what is of great consequence to the little prince?

10. Why are the chapters of this book so short?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the book's dedication the author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, dedicates the book to his friend Leon Werth. Then the author changes the dedication slightly. How does he change the dedication and how does that change tie in with the theme of the book?

Essay Topic 2

The little prince leaves his world. Why does he do this? What is the reason that he decides to leave the place where he belongs? He loves the flower, why does he abandon her? Write an essay on why the little prince must embark upon a journey.

Essay Topic 3

No one in the story seems to have any human companions. The characters live alone and are defined by the objects that surround them. (For example, the pilot is defined by his plane. The switchman by his trains.) What atmosphere does this create and how does the story of the pilot and the little prince fit in this solitary world?

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