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. Who is William Goldman?

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

3. When Buttercup jumps overboard into Florin Channel, someone tells her that she should beware of what?

4. How does Westley stay alive after his ship is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts?

5. What does the Sicilian do when he reaches the top of the Cliffs of Insanity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the Man in Black outsmart and defeat Vizzini?

5. Describe Inigo's childhood.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Fezzik's childhood.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Westley with Prince Humperdinck. What makes the pirate the "good guy"? What makes the prince the "bad guy"? How does the author use these two characters to turn traditional fairy tales upside down? What makes this book a satire under the pretense of being a fairy tale?

Essay Topic 2

List the character flaws of each of the following, and explain how these flaws foil plans and create unexpected story twists:

1. Prince Humperdinck.

2. Princess Buttercup.

3. Inigo Montoya.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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