The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some... Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Botticelli do when the door opens to admit a prisoner?

2. What does Despereaux decide he must do?

3. Why does a piece of red string get tied around Despereaux's neck?

4. What does Despereaux say to the Princess before the King makes him leave?

5. What do the threadmaster and Despereaux have in common?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the killing of rats unsuccessful, and what did the King do?

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

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

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

5. What is the purpose of the Mouse Council?

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

7. What are the basic rules of being a mouse that Despereaux breaks when he hears the music?

8. How does Antoinette react as the last of her babies is being taken to the dungeon?

9. What does the threadmaster ask Despereaux as he is doing his job?

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

What is Despereaux's biggest concern as he is being led to the dungeon? What is significant about the guards that are escorting him? What consideration does he ask for? Is his last request granted? Why is it so important to Despereaux?

Essay Topic 2

How does Despereaux cope with being thrown into the dungeon? What does he do to reassure himself? How do his actions save his life? What causes Despereaux to faint for the second time in one day? What is the first thing he sees when he comes to?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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