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. What does Fezzik enjoy doing?

2. Short and stocky, Prince Humperdinck walks like a what?

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

4. How many levels is the Zoo of Death composed of?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After Humperdinck's original plan to have Vizzini kidnap and kill Buttercup goes wrong, why is the Prince happy that his people are so enthralled by Buttercup?

4. What happens after Inigo and Fezzik find the Man in Black at the Zoo of Death?

5. What does the author say is the outcome of his father reading "The Princess Bride" to him?

6. After his reunion with Fezzik, why does Inigo want to find the Man in Black?

7. Describe Fezzik's childhood.

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

9. Describe Westley's first experiences at the Zoo of Death.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the following themes carried throughout the book:

1. True love.

2. Revenge.

3. The unpredictable side of life.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain how the following elements add levels of detail and intrigue to the story:

1. Humperdinck's and Buttercup's impending wedding.

2. The prince's penchant for hunting.

3. The prince's plot to kill his bride.

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