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. Who escapes from the Gotham City jail with the help of Commissioner Gordon?

2. After the nuclear weapons detonate, what do the people of Gotham do?

3. What is Batman's plan to defeat the Mutants?

4. What is one reason why Alfred thinks it is a mistake for Bruce to make the New Robin his partner?

5. Just before the Soviets launch their nuclear weapons, what does Clark say to Bruce at their meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of Superman's efforts to intercept the nuclear warhead from Russia?

2. Why does Alfred feel that Carrie is not a suitable choice to be Batman's partner?

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

4. Why does the knowledge that Batman keeps count of the scores of people The Joker has killed make the Joker happy?

5. Why does the author interchange the scenes of Captain Yindl arriving on her first day as commissioner and Commission Gordon's and Carrie's beginning with Batman?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Why does the author include the stories of Arnold Crimp and Iron Man Vasquez?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Batman's new Robin is a girl, and one who is seemingly unaware of the dangers the job. Many of the women Bruce Wayne/Batman has in his life are endangered or harmed in some way. Select one of the female characters (Robin, Selena Kyle, Sarah Gordon, or Commissioner Yindel) and define how their representations are reflections of Batman's relentless attitude toward upholding justice. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

How does Bruce Wayne's pushing the race car to its limits until it is engulfed in flames become symbolic of the protagonist's wish to kill Bruce Wayne? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

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