The Princess Bride Test | Final 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. When Westley tells the Prince that they will fight to the pain, he explains that he will cut off many of Humperdinck's body parts, but leave his what?

2. How does the albino tend to Westley?

3. What does Fezzik do when he can't find the Spaniard?

4. Why do the men guarding the castle gate run away in panic as Fezzik approaches?

5. What happens to Fezzik in the castle while he's searching for Westley?

Short Essay Questions

1. To pacify Buttercup, what false offer does Humperdinck make regarding Westley and his pirate ship?

2. Describe what Westley means when he tells Humperdinck they will not fight to the death, but instead will fight to the pain.

3. 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?

4. Goldman's father always ended the book with, "And they lived happily ever after." But Goldman says he has his own theories about what happens after the escape from the castle. What are they?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe what happens when Inigo and Fezzik reach the third level of the Zoo of Death.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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