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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. Who does Bruce Wayne mistake the Mutants for when walking home?
(a) Robin.
(b) His parents' murderers.
(c) Friends.
(d) Teenagers.

2. After his return to crime fighting, how does Batman say his body should feel?
(a) Functional.
(b) Precise.
(c) Prime.
(d) In agony.

3. Where do the Mutants have their meeting?
(a) The dump.
(b) The batcave.
(c) The hotel.
(d) The fields outside Gotham City.

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

5. The unseasonable weather in Gotham City is responsible for a major rise in what?
(a) Soda sales.
(b) Record swimming pool sales.
(c) Power outages.
(d) Civilian violence.

Short Answer Questions

1. After forcing the bank robbers to crash in their car, who does Batman tell, "These men are mine!"?

2. According to the news report, who has taken over Gotham's underworld?

3. Which character said, "We must believe our private demons can be defeated..."?

4. At the onset of the novel, what is Bruce Wayne doing?

5. What does Alfred tell Bruce Wayne he has a recipe for?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the bank robbers return to Harvey Dent's apartment, what is the significance of the room being split into dirty and clean, light and dark?

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. 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?

4. 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?

5. What is the significance of Bruce Wayne watching The Mask of Zorro on television?

6. How is Carrie Kelley a perfect Robin for Bruce Wayne's elderly Batman?

7. Why does Batman automatically accept Carrie as Robin as opposed to finding and selecting his own candidate for the position?

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

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

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

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