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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 say to the Princess before the King makes him leave?

2. What is the first thing Despereax notices about the dungeon?

3. What two reasons make the dungeon so dangerous?

4. What do stories do for Gregory?

5. Where does the Mouse Council want to send Despereaux?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Princess begins to cry?

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

3. What is the crime that led to the new prisoner being brought down to the dungeon?

4. How does Despereaux's behavior get him into trouble?

5. What fascination does Roscuro develop even though he is told it is not proper?

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

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

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

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

10. What is the purpose of the Mouse Council?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What behavior does Despereaux exhibit that is unusual? How do his siblings from former litters attempt to help him? What is the outcome of their help? Why is Despereaux seemingly unable to conform and do what is expected of him? What does he do instead?

Essay Topic 2

What happens when the soldiers come to the Uncle's house? What items are they dispatched to collect and why? How does he respond to their request? What information does he inadvertently give them that costs him even more? What does it cost him and why?

Essay Topic 3

Who was Mig named after? What age is she when her mother dies? What does her father do shortly thereafter? What does he get as a result? Where does Mig find herself afterward? What is her new situation like? What is the biggest challenge that she faces?

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