The Little Prince 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. The little prince walks through sand, rock, and snow and at last comes to a road. Where does the road lead him?

2. According to the switchman, what are the adults in the trains pursuing?

3. Which does the narrator say there are more of on earth, geographers or conceited men?

4. What word is used to describe the great pageant of the lamplighters around the world, taking turns to bring light into the darkness?

5. Why does the geographer refuse to record the little prince's flower?

Short Essay Questions

1. For the geographer, what is of consequence?

2. What is the little prince's mountaintop experience like and how does it change him?

3. One of the major themes of the book is child vs. adult. What in the description of the earth sets the stage for this tension?

4. What gives the desert its ridges of sand shining in the moonlight - its beauty?

5. Why is the little prince overcome with sadness as he stands in the entrance to the grand rose garden?

6. The little prince does not have the kind of thirst which the pilot has; what kind of thirst does the little prince have?

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. What does the geographer represent?

9. The image of a fox is absolutely classic in fable and myth. What does the fox represent?

10. How does the shift of perception come to completion in the relationship between the fox and the little prince?

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 fox and snake are common animals in fiction, and especially in fables.

1) What does each of these creatures represent?

2) How have foxes and humans interacted over the course of history that might have influenced the way we use their images in stories?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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