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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 is Tom's last name?

2. What does a servant from the inn tell Miles?

3. What does Hertford ask Tom in Chapter 14?

4. Who sees Tom to help him recover from his madness?

5. The children in Tom's house sleep _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Canty tell Edward when Hugo leads him to Tom's father?

3. What does Hertford tell the king when Henry awakes? What does the king need to do about it? Why can't Henry do it?

4. What does Tom do after dinner?

5. Why does John tell the family they must leave the house? How does Edward finally escape from them?

6. What does John Canty do with Edward when he sees him? Who tries to stop him? What does John do to that person?

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

8. What does Tom do with the three criminals from question #29?

9. What is Tom prepared for in Chapter 16? How does he do with the event?

10. What does Tom do on the first day in which they believe he is the king?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tom realizes that finding out as much as possible about the criminals' cases is the best way to determine their guilt or innocence. His careful examination of their situation shows that good judgment, and even wisdom, are not the sole province of either royalty or adults. In giving Tom personal knowledge of the man who was accused of murder, Twain shows how wrong justice can be.

1. Do you think it is conceivable that a boy from the slums would have the wisdom to figure out how to look at evidence in a criminal case and render such an astute judgment? Why or why not? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

2. Do you think there are innocent people in prison in the United States? Explain your reasoning.

3. If Tom had not known personally that the man he saved from execution had a solid alibi, what steps could he have taken to get to the truth of the man's situation?

Essay Topic 2

Twain depicts the gang terrorizing the countryside, although they do confine their misdeeds to nothing worse than theft and bullying. Some of them even beg rather than steal, but Edward's noble upbringing prevents him from participating in any way. The author is making a subtle point here about the influence of education and training on our behavior. He is suggesting that good breeding instills a horror of bad behavior, but he also is pointing out that extreme poverty, which often derives from oppression of the poor and the powerless by the rich and the powerful, can leave people with no choice but to behave badly if they are to survive.

1. Do you believe extreme poverty which threatens the people in this gang justifies what they are doing around the countryside? Consider the fact that it is mostly lower class people and poor people that this gang is terrorizing. Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

2. Do you believe education and training is the most important factor in a person's behavior? Why or why not?

3. Discuss the behavior of many animals, such as horses, wolves, etc. who appear to have strict codes of conduct within the herd or the pack without the education that humans have. How does this relate to the implication that the influence of education and training on behavior is pivotal?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Tom Canty and Prince Edward. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either woman's cause more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Miles and Hugh. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Prince and the Pauper help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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