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 does Edward go to a hut where an old man is praying?

2. Who sees Miles outside the palace?

3. Who is appointed the king's ward?

4. Why are two women burned at the stake?

5. Why is Edward liked by his traveling companions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Edward do about his situation at Hendon Hall? How does Miles mess up Edward's plan?

5. How do Miles and Edward get away from the constable?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The jewels in which Tom is draped are blinding in the light. Symbolically, they blind others to the boy as a false prince.

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Prince and the Pauper.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Prince and the Pauper. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Prince and the Pauper. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The huge gap between nobility and the peasantry in 16th century England is apparent by simply stating that Tom's family did not welcome his birth, while the entire country rejoiced at the arrival of Prince Edward.

1. Do you think the above statement is true? Why or why not? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

2. Discuss the implications that exist for a family below the poverty level to add another child to the family.

3. How do you think not being wanted by his parents affected Tom emotionally? Might it have affected him in other ways? Use examples from The Prince and the Pauper to support your ideas.

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