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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 on the lamplighter's planet?
2. After arriving on the earth and meeting his first earth creature, what does the little prince do?
3. What sound does the well in the desert make?
4. The imagery of water is used in "The Little Prince" to represent the life-giving force, whether it is physical or spiritual. What then does this thirst-quenching pill represent?
5. Which does the narrator say there are more of on earth, geographers or conceited men?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the little prince overcome with sadness as he stands in the entrance to the grand rose garden?
2. What is the difference between the adult and child, the pilot and little prince, in terms of their reaction to the golden snake?
3. The little prince has learned that what is essential is invisible. How does he apply this to the mad scene of trains rushing this way and that?
4. What is surprising about the well?
5. As the little prince faces his appointment with the snake, what is he feeling?
6. What gives the desert its ridges of sand shining in the moonlight - its beauty?
7. When the end is near, the pilot has no more water to drink and the little prince has found what he was looking for, a remarkable thing happens. What is different about the search for the well? What happens on this stage of the journey that is new?
8. The switchman is a person whose actions do have consequences. In that way he is different from the other adult archetypes. How is he similar?
9. How does the shift of perception come to completion in the relationship between the fox and the little prince?
10. After visiting the six asteroids, the little prince has learned many things. In his last visit he seems to have regret that he has left his ephemeral flower all alone. Why doesn't he return? Why does he continue his journey?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who is the protagonist in the story? Write an essay on how the protagonist changes as the story progresses. Specify several shifts of perception which this character goes through.
Essay Topic 2
A major theme of this book is friendship. The fox uses the term "tame" to describe being tied to another person or creature. What is the process of taming and how is this theme woven through the book?
Essay Topic 3
The author of The Little Princ" both wrote the words and illustrated the book. His illustrations are very childlike.
1) Why is this important? Why didn't he get someone to illustrate the book with color photographs, charts and maps?
2) What effect do these simple drawings have on the reader?
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