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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 climb to?

2. What does Botticelli try to teach Roscuro?

3. What part of Despereaux is complimented by the first human he meets?

4. How long has Gregory been in the dungeon?

5. What does Despereaux wonder about that chills him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Mig refuse to chain the Princess up at first for Roscuro when they get to the spot where Roscuro intends to keep her?

4. Why does Roscuro give up?

5. What does Roscuro tell Mig that changes her life?

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

7. What is the cook's response when Despereaux falls out of the napkin and into a measuring cup full of oil?

8. When the King refuses to believe Despereaux, what does he do?

9. What does Despereaux see after he grabs hold of Botticelli's tail and is led through the dungeon?

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 does Despereaux realize when he confronts the Mouse Council? Who asks him for something and what is he asked for? What understanding does Despereaux come to as this request is considered? Where does he go next? What conversation convinces him he must act on his own? Who does he approach for help? What does he need and why? What is he given?

Essay Topic 3

What is the meaning of Chiaroscuro? How is this name ironic given that it was given to a rat and why? What is almost prophetic about this name? In what way are Chiaroscuro and Despereaux very similar? What character traits do they share?

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