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. What is Buttercup to Prince Humperdinck?

2. What do Fezzik's parents die from in Mongolia?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Fezzik's childhood.

4. Who is the Dread Pirate Roberts?

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

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

7. During a fancy dinner, why does the Prince storm out in a huff shouting that he will not marry Princess Noreena, a dinner guest?

8. Why does Buttercup grow jealous over the way the Countess stared at Westley?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Draw parallels between Buttercup's tormenting nightmares and her nagging feelings that she's made terrible mistakes and doesn't deserve Westley's love. Use examples from Chapter Six.

Essay Topic 2

Westley leaves Buttercup to try to create a better life for the two of them, but his departure leads to devastating results. Later, Buttercup leaves Westley to save him, but her actions lead to major problems for both of them. Discuss the author's implication that, despite their good intentions, these characters should not be apart and would be better off sticking together through difficult times.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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