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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 does Antoinette want no more babies?

2. What did the Pea announce when her father finished playing and singing?

3. Where does he fall to?

4. What is the most basic and elemental rule that all mice adhere to?

5. How many mice has Gregory saved before Despereaux?

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 happens when the King orders that all of the rats be killed?

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

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

6. What happens when the Princess begins to cry?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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