Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Test | Mid-Book 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. According to the news reports, two abducted children were later found in what location?

2. Who calls Bruce Wayne, claiming to be lonely?

3. Who wants the Joker to make bombs for him?

4. With whom does Commissioner Gordon share a private drink at the beginning of the novel?

5. What did one of the bank robbers say that Batman didn't do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What is the significance of the storm breaking over Gotham City after weeks of intense heat?

5. How is the media's report on Batman's return representative of the theme of duality in the novel?

6. 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?

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

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

10. Why does the author give a lot of detail on Margaret Corcoran only to have the Mutants blow her up at the end of the paneled section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of the graphic novel, how does the perspective of distance between the past and the present affect the main protagonist, Bruce Wayne? Analyze how Bruce Wayne's character has/has not changed during the years since the he decided to put Batman away.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of Bruce Wayne's parents' murders? Why is this event an important detail about his character? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Batman's new Robin is a girl, and one who is seemingly unaware of the dangers the job. Many of the women Bruce Wayne/Batman has in his life are endangered or harmed in some way. Select one of the female characters (Robin, Selena Kyle, Sarah Gordon, or Commissioner Yindel) and define how their representations are reflections of Batman's relentless attitude toward upholding justice. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

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