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 does Westley do during the year he spends with the Dread Pirate Roberts?

2. When Buttercup takes Horse out for a ride and ponders her impending marriage, she is approached by whom?

3. What does the author do in Chapter Four?

4. Buttercup doesn't care about her image and doesn't like to what?

5. Why does Buttercup toss and turn all night following the visit from the Count and Countess?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Inigo's childhood.

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

4. How does Fezzik end up with Vizzini?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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