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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 Roscuro tell Botticelli he wants to do?

2. Where does Gregory put Despereaux?

3. What is Despereaux's destiny?

4. What is the meaning of life according to Botticelli?

5. Who arrived at the castle on the same evening?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Despereaux do in the all encompassing darkness to make himself feel brave?

2. Why does Despereaux refuse to renounce his actions in front of the Mouse Council?

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. What is the job of the threadmaster?

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

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

7. What happens when the Princess begins to cry?

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

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

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

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

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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