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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When approaching the army surplus helicopter, what does the gas Batman throws at the criminal do?
(a) Makes them relive their greatest fear.
(b) Makes them go to sleep.
(c) Makes them laugh.
(d) Makes them itch.

2. Which character urges the public to give Harvey Dent a chance to prove himself?
(a) Bruce Wayne.
(b) The news anchor.
(c) Commissioner Gordon.
(d) Alfred.

3. At Arkham, who is the patient who receives plastic surgery and is believed to be cured?
(a) Harvey Dent.
(b) Robin.
(c) The Joker.
(d) Bruce Wayne.

4. As Batman makes his way up to the roof to intercept the helicopter's henchmen, what does he think should be easier?
(a) Talking to Gordon.
(b) Crime fighting.
(c) Climbing.
(d) Walking.

5. At Arkham, what does Dr. Wopler tell his patient about Commissioner Gordon?
(a) That Gordon coming to visit.
(b) That Gordon is retiring.
(c) That Gordon is a good policeman.
(d) That Gordon has gone senile.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Commissioner Gordon do to his stalker?

2. According to Batman, how many bank robbers were in the car?

3. After visiting an old friend at the beginning of the novel, where does Bruce Wayne leave his car?

4. Who dresses up as the new Robin?

5. Who tells Superman that he must put an end to Batman?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Batman confronts Harvey Dent, what does he mean when he thinks "...the scars go deep--too deep"?

2. How does Lana Lang's words, "We live in the shadow of crime, Ted, with the unspoken understanding that we are victims--of fear, of violence, of social impotence..." equate to Batman's beliefs?

3. How is the demon metaphor for Batman further promoted during Bruce Wayne's sleepwalking and flashback scene?

4. What is the importance of mentioning the new commissioner search in the same segment as the search for the missing child?

5. How does the attempted mugging of Bruce Wayne trigger a flashback to a former violent act?

6. When Commissioner Gordon is attacked by a member of the Mutants gang, why does thinking of his wife Sarah make it easy for him to fight back?

7. One of the criminals Batman hurt attempts to sue him and asks the Gotham City Police to press charges against him. What is the irony of these actions?

8. In what ways is the protagonist, Bruce Wayne, conflicted at the beginning of "The Dark Knight Returns"?

9. Why does Batman feel that falling to his death he runs between the two towers on a cable being shot out by Harvey Dent's thug would be a fine death?

10. How does Batman's age affect his body during the initial nights of his return?

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