The Princess Bride Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Goldman
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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 Buttercup falls into Snow Sand, she what?

2. Although Buttercup doesn't know it, three people in the crowd that greets her in Florin City are planning what?

3. When Fezzik fights professionally, he usually is what?

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

5. The Prince tells the Count to place the Man in Black where?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the dynamics of the relationship between King Lotharon and Queen Bella?

3. How does Buttercup regard her own appearance?

4. How does Buttercup try to escape her kidnappers?

5. Who is the Dread Pirate Roberts?

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

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

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

9. Describe Fezzik's childhood.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze one of the following minor characters, explaining in detail what this character adds to the story:

1. Max, the miracle maker.

2. Valerie, the miracle maker's wife.

3. Count Rugen, the six-fingered man.

Essay Topic 2

Every fairytale has a moral, even a satirical story. What would you say is the primary moral of "The Princess Bride"?

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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