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. Who sees Miles outside the palace?

2. What does Edward say about Miles?

3. Why doesn't Edward command the family to stand while he is eating?

4. What does Miles refuse to do?

5. Why does Edward confront the officer in charge of Miles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who interrupts the hermit's plans for Edward? How does he miss seeing Edward?

2. What does the hermit tell Edward and what does he do with Edward?

3. How has Tom adapted to his role as king?

4. What happens when Edith comes into the room to see Miles?

5. What does Ruffler decide Edward should do? What happens when Hugo takes Edward to do it?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is interesting that the hermit thinks of himself as a holy man, yet he is angered by how Henry VIII thwarted the hermit's ambition. In retaliation, the hermit wants to kill the king's son and, because the hermit is crazy, he has no trouble believing that Edward is the prince. Twain seems to be making a point that religion, like Nature, has two sides. It can be nurturing or it can produce dangerous behavior.

1. Explain some examples of religion as a nurturing force in the world.

2. Explain some examples of religion as a destructive force in the world.

3. Overall, in the history of the world, and considering all major religions, do you think religion has been a positive or negative force in the world? Explain your reasoning.

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

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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