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. What happens to Bruce Wayne during the opening of the novel?

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

3. Who does Bruce Wayne mistake the Mutants for when walking home?

4. Who tells the viewing audience about Harvey Dent's dollar coin?

5. After leaving the home of an old friend, Bruce Wayne walks around Gotham City and thinks about what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of Bruce Wayne's sleepwalking flashback to the bat cave?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

Explain why and how Batman succeeds in reaching his goal of killing off true identity, Bruce Wayne, and fully embracing his Batman persona by novel's end. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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