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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 does Despereaux do in the library?

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

3. How does the Princess describe Despereaux's ears?

4. What does Gregory do?

5. What did the King do after his Queen died?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first thing that Despereaux is aware of after he is pushed down the dungeon steps by Furlough and the second guard?

2. What does Despereaux suddenly find unbearable, and what does he ask the guards?

3. In what ways do Despereaux's siblings attempt to educate him on how to be a mouse?

4. What does the King do after his beloved Queen dies?

5. What does Despereaux do in the all encompassing darkness to make himself feel brave?

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

7. How did the mice get to the dungeon?

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

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

10. What is ironic about the name that Roscuro is given when he is born?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who notices Despereaux on his way back to the dungeon? What surprise does Despereaux get? Who helps him when he loses the spool? Why is Mig being uncooperative? How does the Princess secure freedom for herself, Mig and Despereaux? What surprise waits for Mig? What wish is granted her, and why is it different from what she expected?

Essay Topic 2

How does Roscuro get upstairs into the light? What does he see when he gets there? What rooms does he visit? Which room does he become drawn into and what attracts his attention? Where does he go to get a closer look? Who sees him first and what is the response?

Essay Topic 3

What is Despereaux's biggest concern as he is being led to the dungeon? What is significant about the guards that are escorting him? What consideration does he ask for? Is his last request granted? Why is it so important to Despereaux?

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