The Prince and the Pauper Test | Mid-Book 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. What clothes does Tom wear for the ceremony in question #53?

2. What does the man at the Canty's door yell to John?

3. What does Henry declare about Tom?

4. What does Tom do that makes the people cheer?

5. How far apart are Tom and Edward's birthdays?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tom do that Edward wouldn't do while eating? How does everyone react?

2. Where does the prince go when he is lost in the crowd?

3. Who lives in the Canty's house besides the family?

4. Whom is Tom told to see after Lady Jane leaves? What is the result of that meeting?

5. What does Edward command Miles to do before the prince will go to sleep? What does Miles do first when morning comes?

6. What does Miles tell Edward of his problem with Miles' brother?

7. What is Tom's house like? Who lives there with him?

8. Why is Tom taken to meet with Lord St. John and Lord Hertford? Who else comes in to talk with Tom? How does he feel about them?

9. What does Edward see when he wakes in the barn and what do the people talk about?

10. What happens when Lady Jane Grey visits Tom as the prince?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like many novels, The Prince and the Pauper ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think most people want a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each reason in light of The Prince and the Pauper. How many of the reasons mentioned are fulfilled by the book? Using details from the book, explain how The Prince and the Pauper fulfills or fails to fulfill each reason.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Twain uses Chapter 9 to depict the majesty and spectacle of a court pageant. His goals in elaborately describing the pomp and finery of the procession are to impress upon the reader the remarkable esteem in which the future king is held and to make the point that the position itself is, in many ways, more important than the individual who holds it.

1. Discuss what is meant by the above statement.

2. Defend or rebut the following statement: Since it is the position, not the person, that is more important in a monarchy such as in this book, it doesn't matter who becomes a king or queen.

3. How did Tom's short service as the king demonstrate the truth of the above statement? How did it rebut the statement? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Tom's two guardians, now alone, reflect that the king is ill and the prince is mad. St. John hints that he doubts the boy really is the prince, but Hertford declares this treasonous, and St. John quickly retracts. When St. John leaves, Hertford begins to wonder if the boy could be an impostor, but then he reflects that the child denies being the prince, which no impostor would do. He decides that it must mean that the prince has gone mad.

1. What are the implications for a political system that a thought that is true could be labeled treasonous? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper and other sources to support your ideas.

2. How does an idea that is true being treasonous in a 1500 era monarchy relate to a modern country, for example, China, whose citizens are not allowed to speak truth that conflicts with official positions? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

3. When Hertford decides Tom is mad, not an impostor, he does so with what might be termed circular reasoning. What do you think is meant by the term circular reasoning? Discuss why Hertford's thinking might qualify as such.

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