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. While the author's family was in New York, where was he?

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

3. How long does it take Inigo's father to create the special item requested by the six-fingered man?

4. Who fishes Buttercup out of Florin Channel?

5. The initials R.O.U.S. stand for what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Buttercup regard her own appearance?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Fezzik end up with Vizzini?

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

10. Who is the Dread Pirate Roberts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the father-son relationship between Inigo and his father, and between the author and his father. How do love and loyalty show through in both relationships?

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