The Princess Bride Test | Final 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. When Westley, Buttercup, and Inigo look out the castle window, they see Fezzik with what?

2. At the Zoo, how do Fezzik and Inigo get past the green-handled door?

3. When Buttercup has a nightmare about her own birth, what does the midwife say in her dream?

4. Goldman claims that when he did the abridgment, he discovered what?

5. When Fezzik and Inigo reach the Zoo's fifth level, what meets them initially?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Buttercup's nightmares?

2. What happens at the moment Buttercup is about to kill herself with a dagger?

3. Who defeats the King bats at the Zoo of Death?

4. Describe the words exchanged between Westley and the albino when they finally have their first real conversation.

5. After Humperdinck's original plan to have Vizzini kidnap and kill Buttercup goes wrong, why is the Prince happy that his people are so enthralled by Buttercup?

6. What happens when Count Rugen and several armed men find Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik inside the castle?

7. Following her wedding to Humperdinck, what does Buttercup decide to do?

8. Summarize the deadly battle between Inigo Montoya and Count Rugen.

9. How do Inigo, Fezzik, and Westley get past guards to reach the castle's gate?

10. What happens to Fezzik after he awakens following his battle with the Man in Black?

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 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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