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 rescues Batman from the television studio roof?

2. What kind of bomb does the Joker threaten to set off at the county fair?

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

4. In pursuit of Batman at the fair, what do the commissioner and the cops find instead?

5. While in the House of Mirrors, who repeatedly fires a gun at Batman?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is the last confrontation between The Joker and Batman in the House of Mirrors ironic?

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

6. What is the "spirit" Commissioner Gordon refers to when he says, "The spirit spreads as fast as a fire."?

7. Why does Batman think of Robin as a good soldier as she falls from the broken cable?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism of the Joker? Explain how the author used the Joker's crazy antics and actions to reveal aspects of his character and aspects of Batman's character. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of heroism and what it means to be a hero is another theme that is prevalent throughout "The Dark Knight Returns." Choose one (Batman, Superman, The Joker, Two Face, the Mutants and discuss how that/those character(s) define and/or react to heroism. 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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