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. Fezzik is the size of a typical man by the time he is in:

2. How old is Inigo when the Sicilian finds him?

3. Who entertained the author when he was a child recovering at home?

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

5. When Buttercup awakens in the bottom of a boat, who is there with her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Fezzik's childhood.

3. What happens when Buttercup realizes that Humperdinck never sent out his four fastest ships to search for Westley?

4. In what way is the miracle pill defective?

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

6. In the last chapter, what do we learn about Inigo's long-lost love?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Humor is used liberally throughout "The Princess Bride". Explain what makes humor an especially effective tool in describing Fezzik's and Inigo's venture into the ominous Zoo of Death.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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