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. What is used to announce that the new king is near Westminster Abbey?

2. With whom is Edward traveling?

3. What emits smoke and fireworks when Tom arrives?

4. How many servants does Tom add to his retinue?

5. Who is arriving at the farm as Edward is leaving?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Miles and Edward go after leaving the constable? Describe the place.

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

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

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 Miles do when he and Edward get separated?

7. What happens when Tom is being crowned?

8. How does Edward tell St. John where the seal is located? What happens after they find the seal?

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

10. What happens with Hugh Hendon and Edith in the Conclusion?

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

Tom's charmed existence continues, while Edward's troubles only deepen, until he finally gets help from Miles Hendon. Just as this brave soldier rescues the boy, Tom reacts to news of the king's death by issuing a command to rescue the Duke of Norfolk from execution. Again, the contrast between Edward's helplessness and Tom's power is forcefully made.

1. Discuss the above statement in terms of power. Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

2. Discuss the ways in which Edward and Tom can both adapt to the huge changes in their lives. Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

3. Overall, how believable is the plot of this book? Discuss why it could seem real and why it seems completely unbelievable. For example, when the guards first pushed Edward out the gate, is it believable that palace guards wouldn't recognize their prince even dressed in rags? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Prince and the Pauper. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Twain chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Twain chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Twain's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliff hangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Twain use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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