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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 is the first to notice him there?

2. What does Botticelli do when the door opens to admit a prisoner?

3. How many brothers and sisters are in Despereaux's litter?

4. What does Roscuro offer to do?

5. What did Despereaux do instead of searching for food like the rest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the outcome of Chiaroscuro's trip into the light?

2. What other crime did the prisoner admit to committing for which he was never caught or punished?

3. What does the threadmaster ask Despereaux as he is doing his job?

4. What happens when the soldiers come to Uncle's house?

5. What causes Despereaux to fall in love with the Princess?

6. What happens when Princess Pea notices him swinging from the chandelier?

7. How does the Princess recognize who Roscuro is, and what does she do about it?

8. What are the ways in which Despereaux is considered to be a disappointment or different, and by whom?

9. Why did Antoinette's last word to Despereaux give him little comfort?

10. How does Antoinette react as the last of her babies is being taken to the dungeon?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the reason that Despereaux is being punished? What cardinal rules did he break? How might he have resolved the situation or avoided it entirely? What part of Despereaux's behavior does the Mouse Council consider to be unacceptable, and why?

Essay Topic 2

How does the Queen lose her life? What is the King's reaction? What two things does he outlaw as a result of the Queen's death and why? Which of these two things is easily outlawed and which is the King forced to simply make illegal instead? Why?

Essay Topic 3

When is the first time that Chiaroscuro sees light? Why is he shown this light? What happened that caused this incident? How does Chiaroscuro feel afterward? What is the focus of his attention from that point forward and why?

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