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

2. Why did the author's son not finish reading The Princess Bride?

3. When Humperdinck demands that Buttercup marry him, he tells her that he doesn't want her love and will give her what?

4. Why does the Queen speak for the King?

5. Whenever Dread Pirate Roberts' ship is passed down to a successor, what happens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does the six-fingered man kill Domingo Montoya?

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

6. How does Fezzik feel when he sees the Man in Black approaching after his fight with Inigo?

7. Why does Goldman decide to abridge "The Princess Bride"?

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

9. How does Fezzik end up with Vizzini?

10. How does Buttercup try to escape her kidnappers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the three men who kidnap Buttercup: Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini.

1. At a crucial point in the story, Westley replaces Vizzini. What makes Westley the better leader and team player?

2. Even though Inigo and Fezzik start out as enemies of Buttercup and Westley, the four end up good friends. At what point does friendship start to develop? What creates trust between these characters who initially distrust one another?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast William Goldman's relationship with his son, Jason, and with his father.

1. Which man appears to have a closer relationship with his son? Why?

2. Despite their flawed relationships, how do love and caring show through in the relationship between Goldman and his son? Between Goldman and his father?

3. How does "The Princess Bride" serve as a bridge between the three generations?

4. Are any of these individuals real, or are they merely additional characters in the story? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the following themes carried throughout the book:

1. True love.

2. Revenge.

3. The unpredictable side of life.

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