The Princess Bride 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. When Fezzik's parents grow tired of other children beating up their son, what do they do?

2. What does the Man in Black pour into two wine goblets?

3. Why is Prince Humperdinck upset when he learns that King Lotharon is dying?

4. How old is Inigo when the Sicilian finds him?

5. The Prince announces that his wedding to Buttercup will take place on what occasion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the Dread Pirate Roberts?

2. Why does Buttercup grow jealous over the way the Countess stared at Westley?

3. How does the Man in Black reach the top of the Cliffs of Insanity after Vizzini cuts the rope?

4. During a fancy dinner, why does the Prince storm out in a huff shouting that he will not marry Princess Noreena, a dinner guest?

5. Why does Goldman decide to abridge "The Princess Bride"?

6. Describe Prince Humperdinck's personality and physical attributes.

7. Describe Inigo's childhood.

8. Whenever the farm boy says "As you wish", what does he really mean?

9. How does Buttercup regard her own appearance?

10. Why does Buttercup leave Westley and go with Humperdinck outside the Fire Swamp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the father-son relationship between Inigo and his father, and between the author and his father. How do love and loyalty show through in both relationships?

Essay Topic 2

Humor is used liberally throughout "The Princess Bride". Explain what makes humor an especially effective tool in describing Fezzik's and Inigo's venture into the ominous Zoo of Death.

Essay Topic 3

Explain why the actual author, William Goldman, creates a fictitious author, S. Morgenstern, for "The Princess Bride", trying to pass him off as the real author.

1. How does this narrative device present opportunities for Goldman to take creative liberties with the story?

2. What tools and techniques does the author use to make his premise of another author believable?

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