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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. As Batman makes his way up to the roof to intercept the helicopter's henchmen, what does he think should be easier?
2. While walking around Gotham City, where does Bruce Wayne end up?
3. How old is the new Robin?
4. Who appears on the news to announce that Harvey Dent is ready to be released into society?
5. Who attacks Carrie and her friend Michelle on their way home from school?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Batman has the Mutants' leader in his gun scope, why does Batman not blast the Mutants' leader and eliminate the gang altogether?
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. Why does the author write the words Morrie uses to describe Batman, "...morally bankrupt, politically hazardous, reactionary, paranoid...," on the panel of the Joker smiling and staring gleefully at the television?
4. What is the significance of Bruce Wayne's sleepwalking flashback to the bat cave?
5. 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?
6. How does Batman's age affect his body during the initial nights of his return?
7. Why does Lana state that Batman is the rebirth of the American fighting spirit?
8. What is the symbolic significance of the split panels for the illustrations in the scene before Harvey Dent's new face is revealed?
9. How does Batman's nostalgia about Robin serve as foreshadowing for his battle with the Mutants' leader?
10. When Gordon relights the bat signal, what effects does this have on Gotham City?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The title of this graphic novel is "The Dark Knight Returns." Explain how the metaphor of Batman as a knight is presented and supported throughout the novel. What scenes/actions does Batman display that is reminiscent of a knight? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
Vigilantism is a major theme in "The Dark Knight Returns." Choose one of the characters (Bruce Wayne, Alfred, Clark Kent, Commissioner Gordon, Commissioner Yindel) and analyze how he/she reacts to acts of vigilantism throughout the story. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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