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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 Despereaux's last name?

2. What does Despereaux believe his duty is?

3. What do the guards tell Antoinette will happen to her son?

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

5. What is Despereaux's father's name?

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. What is the job of the threadmaster?

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

4. How does Roscuro introduce himself to Miggery and what does he tell her?

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

6. What happens while Despereaux sleeps on the sack of flour?

7. How is Despereaux injured, despite Mig's attempt to ensure his freedom?

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

9. What is the purpose of the Mouse Council?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Roscuro get upstairs into the light? What does he see when he gets there? What rooms does he visit? Which room does he become drawn into and what attracts his attention? Where does he go to get a closer look? Who sees him first and what is the response?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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