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. In their meeting on the roof of one of Gotham City's twin towers, what does Batman tell Commissioner Gordon about Harvey Dent?

2. Who has disappeared?

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

4. The Mutants kidnap the important heir of a wealthy family? What is the heir's name?

5. Alfred jokes about a precedent for "wheelchair detectives." What TV character was his comment in reference to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carrie get the Mutants to gather at the Pipe?

2. Batman shouts at an image and tells it to "stop laughing." What is the significance of Batman seeing the Joker laughing at him long after the Joker has died?

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

4. What is the significance of the boy with the radio and the priest who thought to treat him in a mean manner during the aftermath of the electromagnetic pulse?

5. Why do police add child endangerment as a charge against Batman?

6. Why does Robin use a slingshot for her weapon?

7. What is the "spirit" Commissioner Gordon refers to when he says, "The spirit spreads as fast as a fire."?

8. Why is Batman angry with Superman for diverting the Coldbringer?

9. Why does Commissioner Gordon relieve the jail guard of his duties?

10. Think about Harvey Dent. Do looks make the man?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One central theme revolving through "The Dark Knight Returns" is the question of who is good and who is evil? It seems that many of the characters, including the protagonist, are not always good. Explain who you believe in the story to be truly good. Also, discuss what it means to be good. Use the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Gotham is a metropolis and has big city/urban problems. Compare the fictionalized city of Gotham to a real life metropolis or the city you live in. Does your city have the same or different issues as Gotham? Use the text to support your answer and provide evidence for comparison.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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