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. With whom does Batman share his plan to render the Mutants helpless?

2. Once Robin gets away from the cops, how is Batman's location revealed?

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

4. Why does Clark Kent suddenly break off his conversation with Bruce?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Batman feel that Jason, the last Robin, was a good solider and honored him?

2. What is the significance of the boy with the radio and the priest who thought to treat him in a mean manner during the aftermath of the electromagnetic pulse?

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

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

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

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

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. Why does Superman find it important that the "...humans not be reminded that they walk amongst giants..."?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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