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 attempts to capture Batman on the roof of the television studio?

2. After a bomb goes off forcing people to scatter for safety, which character flees into the House of Mirrors?

3. Who attempts to stop a former Arkham Asylum patient from going through with the scheduled appearance?

4. After Gotham City spirals into a den of violence, who does Commissioner Gordon take in to meet with the Mutants' leader?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Batman escape from the Gotham City police?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The reactions of Gotham's citizens after the nuclear bomb goes off reveal a deeper problem than just its dangerous criminal element. Explain the irony of Batman asking the former criminal gang, The Mutants, for help in restoring order. Use the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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