The Prince and the Pauper 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. Why are two women burned at the stake?

2. Mile's younger brother says that he received ______________.

3. How does Miles end up in front of the king?

4. Hugo and Edward fight with ____________.

5. Whom does Miles ask to see?

Short Essay Questions

1. For how long is Miles sentenced after being taken from Hendon Hall? How does Edward compound the problem?

2. What does Miles do when he and Edward get separated?

3. What does Hugh suggest as Edward's punishment? What happens as a result of the suggestion?

4. What happens when Tom is being crowned?

5. Who picks a fight with Edward? Who wins? What happens because of the fight's outcome?

6. How does Hugh react to Miles? What does he tell Miles? What is Miles' response?

7. What do Edward and Miles do when they leave Hendon Hall?

8. Whom does Edward meet the morning after he escapes from Canty and the gang? What do they do with him?

9. How does Tom feel when he sees his mother in the crowd? What does he do? What does she do?

10. What does the woman in the house think of Edward? What does she ask him to do, and how does he do it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Prince and the Pauper, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

When John Canty demands that Edward tell Tom's mother and sisters who he is, Edward declares again that he is the Prince of Wales. Mrs. Canty is stunned and thinks that he is crazy. Edward gently tells her he does not recognize her. . Mrs. Canty thinks there is something different about the child, and she decides that a good test of his identity would be to startle him, to see if raises his hands to his eyes, a characteristic gesture of Tom's ever since he was little. She startles him awake, but he does not raise his hands. She tries this three times, with the same result each time, and yet she cannot believe he is not Tom.

1. Out of all the family members of Tom's family, why do you think it was his mother who believes Edward may not be Tom? Do you think this would be true in most families, that the mother would know a child the best? Why or why not?

2. Even though Mrs. Canty thought of a successful way to test Edward, she still did not believe the results. Discuss reasons why she remained blind to the obvious.

3. Using research, if necessary, discuss ways in which a person might be able to deny an obvious truth.

Essay Topic 3

The king declares that his son is not permanently mad, and, in any case, he will succeed to the throne.

1. Discuss how Henry declaring his son only temporarily mad illustrates the power of kings. Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

2. Henry declares even if Edward is permanently mad he will still inherit the throne. Discuss the implications of this declaration as to the pros and cons of hereditary leadership positions.

3. Do you think a monarch in the world today would allow an insane son or daughter to inherit the throne? Why or why not?

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