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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 Bruce Wayne has his first nightmarish flashback, where does he wake up and find himself?

2. Who does Commissioner Gordon believe was leaking information to the media?

3. In the pursuit of the bank robbers, what does Batman say he needs to climb the rope?

4. At Arkham, who is the patient who receives plastic surgery and is believed to be cured?

5. What happens to Batman's legs as he crouches on the roof, waiting for the helicopters to arrive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolic significance of the split panels for the illustrations in the scene before Harvey Dent's new face is revealed?

2. When Commissioner Gordon and Bruce Wayne talk over drinks, what is the significance of Bruce Wayne referring to himself in the third person?

3. How does Batman's nostalgia about Robin serve as foreshadowing for his battle with the Mutants' leader?

4. When Batman has the Mutants' leader in his gun scope, why does Batman not blast the Mutants' leader and eliminate the gang altogether?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Violence, injuries, and deceit are a part of Bruce Wayne's everyday life, even when not Batman. Analyze how these events alter his life and impact his interactions with those around him. How do these indulgences derail his attempt at normalcy and his ability to maintain relationships with others? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how a bat, the symbol for Batman, is a symbol for Bruce Wayne's life choices. A bat drains its prey of blood. How does Bruce Wayne's alter ego, Batman, symbolically manage to do the same to others in the novel? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

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