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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. What does Batman want to know about the character he is chasing off the roof tops?
(a) His bombmaker.
(b) His boss.
(c) His identity.
(d) His next attack.

2. Which character says, "I burn you--burning you, I flare, hot and bright and fierce."?
(a) Superman.
(b) Batman.
(c) Harvey Dent.
(d) Commissioner Gordon.

3. Who do the people of Gotham City believe died in the incident at the beginning of the novel?
(a) Clark Kent.
(b) Commissioner Gordon.
(c) Bruce Wayne.
(d) Selina Kyle.

4. What does Batman regret when reflecting on the incident with the bank robbers?
(a) Losing Robin.
(b) Going easy on them.
(c) Returning to crime fighting.
(d) Getting older.

5. What do the Gotham City Police believe will happen when Commissioner Gordon leaves?
(a) The violence will subside.
(b) Gotham City will mourn.
(c) The Mutants will increase their criminal activities.
(d) The Mutants' threat will subside.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who stops a Mutants gang member from hurting a woman and stealing her groceries?

2. Which character urges the public to give Harvey Dent a chance to prove himself?

3. During the newscast in the beginning of the novel, the news anchor mentions it is the tenth anniversary of what?

4. According to Batman, which of the robbers usually loses it?

5. Who has tapped into the television antenna?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In what ways are the soaring high temperatures symbolic of the violence in Gotham City?

3. Why is it important to note that Harvey Dent has returned to a life of crime?

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

5. When Gordon relights the bat signal, what effects does this have on Gotham City?

6. Why does the author write the words Morrie uses to describe Batman, "...morally bankrupt, politically hazardous, reactionary, paranoid...," on the panel of the Joker smiling and staring gleefully at the television?

7. How does Batman continue to use fear to cripple the younger criminals he encounters?

8. Why does Harvey Dent cover his new face with bandages?

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

10. During his initial attack on the Mutants, Batman thinks of Dick Grayson and that they had never faced anything like the Mutants' leader, only humans. Why is the significance of Batman thinking of Dick Grayson at this time?

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