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

2. What is the rope necklace Botticelli wears the locket on made from?

3. Why does Despereaux tell the jailer he cannot die?

4. What is the new prisoner being jailed for?

5. What does Despereaux's mother do when Despereaux is led away?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Despereaux come to be back in the kitchen with Mig and the cook?

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

3. What happens when Princess Pea notices him swinging from the chandelier?

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

5. What other positions does Miggery hold and why don't they work out?

6. How does Roscuro lose his tail?

7. What do Roscuro and Mig ask the Princess to do before they take her down to the dungeon?

8. Who does Despereaux run into on his way to find the King?

9. What does Roscuro discover when he works up the courage to go upstairs into the light?

10. What is the Princess dreaming about when Mig and Roscuro sneak into her room to take her to the dungeon at knife point?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the thread master? Why is red thread used, and for what? What prevents mice from just removing the thread themselves. Where is the thread attached? What is its' significance? Who else is bound, by what, and why?

Essay Topic 2

What is the reason that Despereaux is being punished? What cardinal rules did he break? How might he have resolved the situation or avoided it entirely? What part of Despereaux's behavior does the Mouse Council consider to be unacceptable, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Why is Despereaux considered to be different than other mice when he is born? What inspires his mother to name him Despereaux? What happens to the rest of his litter mates? How does Despereaux's father respond to his birth and why? What makes Despereaux significant in their mouse family?

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