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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 is Gregory in the dungeon?

2. What does Furlough see that makes him think that Despereaux is a goner?

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

4. How many mice are in the Mouse Council.

5. What does Despereaux begin by reciting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the job of the threadmaster?

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

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

7. Why was the killing of rats unsuccessful, and what did the King do?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Despereaux cope with being thrown into the dungeon? What does he do to reassure himself? How do his actions save his life? What causes Despereaux to faint for the second time in one day? What is the first thing he sees when he comes to?

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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