Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Test | Final 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. After the nuclear weapons detonate, what do the people of Gotham do?

2. Who snaps back to reality after being in a comatose state once he hears Batman has returned?

3. Where do Batman and Robin go to locate the Joker after he leaves Selina Kyle's escort service?

4. The doctors from Arkham believe the threat will come from what character during the television appearance?

5. When the Joker's thugs sets off one of the bombs, who does it miss?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Batman ask the newly escaped ex-Mutants to help him restore order to Gotham City?

2. How do the citizens' reactions to the electromagnetic pulse show that Batman's work is far from over?

3. Why does Clark Kent believe Bruce will ruin everything?

4. What are the results of the electromagnetic pulse on Gotham City and Batman?

5. During the pursuit from the Gotham City Police at Selina Kyle's escort surface, Batman thinks about Commissioner Gordon's words. What did Commissioner Gordon mean when he told Bruce that he makes the wrong enemies and all it would take is one bullet?

6. How does The Joker attempt to have one last laugh at Batman's expense?

7. What does Superman mean when he refers to Bruce's "wild obsession"?

8. What does Clark Kent/Superman mean when he says, " a murderer, you'd cover it up again"?

9. How does the author build suspense leading up to Clark Kent's arrival in Gotham City?

10. How does Batman utilize his brain instead of his brawn when fighting the Mutants' leader a second time?

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

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

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.

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