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. How long do Humperdinck and Buttercup court?

2. How many years does Inigo spend learning how to fence?

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

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

5. What does Westley do during the year he spends with the Dread Pirate Roberts?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Goldman try to connect with his son, Jason, through "The Princess Bride"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Buttercup try to escape her kidnappers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several props are important in the story. Specify the significance of the following:

1. The six-finger sword.

2. The holocaust cloak.

3. The man in black's mask.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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