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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. How does the Princess describe Despereaux's ears?

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

3. What does Roscuro climb to?

4. What does Despereaux decide he must do?

5. What is the name of the kingdom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the vote taken by the Mouse Council and what are the results?

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

4. Why does the jailer tell Despereaux that he definitely does not want to be let go in this place?

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

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

7. How does the King respond to the Princess when she declares that she intends to keep Despereaux and that she believes that they will be best friends?

8. What happens when the Princess begins to cry?

9. What are the basic rules of being a mouse that Despereaux breaks when he hears the music?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who takes an interest in him almost immediately, and why? What does his savior want from him? Why does Despereaux ask to be released? What changes his mind? What is he told about the layout of the dungeon? How does his savior overcome this obstacle?

Essay Topic 2

What changes occur in Mig as a result of her new circumstances? What does she lose as a direct result of her Uncle? What problems arise as a result? How does this affect her directly on a physical level? On an emotional level?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Lester approach the Mouse Council? What is he hoping to accomplish? What is the fate decreed by the Mouse Council for Despereaux. What members of Despereaux's family are only too happy to participate in Despereaux's punishment?

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