The Princess Bride Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Goldman
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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. For years, the author heard The Princess Bride being told in the voice of his what?

2. When the Count and Countess stop at Buttercup's house, the Count wants to see Buttercup, and the Countess wants to see who?

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

4. As the Spaniard waits for the mystery man to reach the top of the Cliffs of Insanity, what does he ponder?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Fezzik end up with Vizzini?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does the author say is the outcome of his father reading "The Princess Bride" to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Westley goes through several transformations in the story, taking on the roles of farm boy, pirate, and a mysterious man in black. Describe who he is during each major phase of his life. Include his goals, dreams, character traits, skills, outlook on life, and how others view him. What important lessons does he learn as a farm boy? As a pirate? As the man in black coming back to his true love? How has he grown by the end of the book?

Essay Topic 3

In Florin's world of tragedy, betrayal, revenge, and other harsh realities, one thing remains pure and worth making sacrifices for: the ongoing love between Westley and Buttercup.

1. Explain how the love between these two characters serves as a tool to keep the reader's hope and interest level alive even in the midst of the most hopeless situations that the book's various characters find themselves in.

2. How does the love shared between Westley and Buttercup help advance the plot line?

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