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. After the author recovered from his childhood episode, what did he crave?

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

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

4. Why is Westley leaving for America?

5. What did the author realize about the manner in which his relative shared the story with him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Prince Humperdinck's demeanor as he pursues whoever kidnapped Buttercup?

2. Does the author's account of his father reading "The Princess Bride" seem credible to him?

3. Describe Fezzik's childhood.

4. Why does Westley decide to leave Buttercup and sail to America?

5. How do Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo come to kidnap Buttercup?

6. What is the outcome of the sword fight between Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black?

7. As future queen of Florin, how does Buttercup regard the people?

8. Is there any love in the courtship between Buttercup and Humperdinck?

9. How does Buttercup realize that the Man in Black is Westley?

10. What obstacles do Westley and Buttercup face in the Fire Swamp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Unlikely friendships develop as the plot thickens. Discuss how unlikely alliances are shaped based on the following:

1. Personal need.

2. Mutual respect or admiration.

3. Genuine, selfless love.

Essay Topic 2

In Florin's world of tragedy, betrayal, revenge, and other harsh realities, one thing remains pure and worth making sacrifices for: the ongoing love between Westley and Buttercup.

1. Explain how the love between these two characters serves as a tool to keep the reader's hope and interest level alive even in the midst of the most hopeless situations that the book's various characters find themselves in.

2. How does the love shared between Westley and Buttercup help advance the plot line?

Essay Topic 3

Westley goes through several transformations in the story, taking on the roles of farm boy, pirate, and a mysterious man in black. Describe who he is during each major phase of his life. Include his goals, dreams, character traits, skills, outlook on life, and how others view him. What important lessons does he learn as a farm boy? As a pirate? As the man in black coming back to his true love? How has he grown by the end of the book?

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