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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 is the last of the great, ancient rules of mice?
2. How does the Princess describe Despereaux's ears?
3. Who does Despereaux reveal himself to?
4. What do stories do for Gregory?
5. What does Despereaux's mother do when Despereaux is led away?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the King respond to the Princess when she declares that she intends to keep Despereaux and that she believes that they will be best friends?
2. Why does the jailer tell Despereaux that he definitely does not want to be let go in this place?
3. What happens when Princess Pea notices him swinging from the chandelier?
4. What are the ways in which Despereaux is considered to be a disappointment or different, and by whom?
5. What happens when the King orders that all of the rats be killed?
6. What is the outcome of Chiaroscuro's trip into the light?
7. When Despereaux faints, what does he wake up to see?
8. Why was the killing of rats unsuccessful, and what did the King do?
9. What fascination does Roscuro develop even though he is told it is not proper?
10. What is the job of the threadmaster?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What does Mig see on her seventh birthday? How does she respond? What does she do when her presence is acknowledged? Why? What dream does this instill in Mig? Who does she share her dream with, and what is their response?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Who notices Despereaux on his way back to the dungeon? What surprise does Despereaux get? Who helps him when he loses the spool? Why is Mig being uncooperative? How does the Princess secure freedom for herself, Mig and Despereaux? What surprise waits for Mig? What wish is granted her, and why is it different from what she expected?
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