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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 the flower in the desert know of men?
2. Who hoists the bucket up from the bottom of the well to the surface?
3. There would be two lamplighters who would be able to rest for most of the year. Where do they live?
4. What is the final drawing which the little prince requests from the pilot?
5. The little prince walks through sand, rock, and snow and at last comes to a road. Where does the road lead him?
Short Essay Questions
1. There are a great deal of numbers in this relatively short book. Why?
2. The little prince does not have the kind of thirst which the pilot has; what kind of thirst does the little prince have?
3. Water is used as a metaphor for life giving wisdom. What then is the critique that the author is making about modern day society in the story about the merchant who sells thirst-quenching pills?
4. What is the lamplighter representative of?
5. The image of a fox is absolutely classic in fable and myth. What does the fox represent?
6. What gives the desert its ridges of sand shining in the moonlight - its beauty?
7. The flower with only three petals, who lives in the midst of a vast desert, believes that there are only six or seven men in the world. What does she represent in the story?
8. 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?
9. What is surprising about the well?
10. When the little prince arrives on earth he immediately meets the snake. The conversation with the snake foreshadows the end of the book. Explain the use of foreshadowing. What tension does the snake's presence create?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Of all the planets that the little prince visits there is one where he finds a person he might like to be friends with. The lamplighter is different from the other adult types.
1) What sets the lamplighter apart from the other men?
2) What is it that the lamplighter and the little prince have in common?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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