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 Max asks a mostly dead Westley what he has to live for, what response does he hear?

2. What two items does Westley request when he, Inigo, and Fezzik are trying to enter the castle?

3. When Inigo and Fezzik take the Man in Black to Miracle Max, Inigo tries to make up a story. Max says what?

4. Who taunts Fezzik after he is separated from Inigo and finds Vizzini dead?

5. When Yellin refuses to give up the gate key, Fezzik threatens to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens after Inigo and Fezzik give Westley the miracle pill?

3. What happens after Inigo and Fezzik find the Man in Black at the Zoo of Death?

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

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

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

7. After his reunion with Fezzik, why does Inigo want to find the Man in Black?

8. How do Buttercup and Westley escape the castle?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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