The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some... Test | Final 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 the Princess want Despereaux to do?

2. What does the Princess ask Roscuro?

3. What does Mig want to wear?

4. What does Roscuro tell Mig the Princess will get?

5. How does Mig try to help?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Despereaux find the Cook doing when he manages to roll the thread as far as the kitchen?

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

3. What does Miggery do in the castle?

4. 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?

5. Why is Miggery not nearly as disturbed by the dungeon as most others are?

6. What deal does the Princess make with Roscuro?

7. What deal does Botticelli make with Despereax when the spool of thread gets away from him on the stairs?

8. When does Mig dig in and refuse to help?

9. What do Roscuro and Mig ask the Princess to do before they take her down to the dungeon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Despereaux get back to the light? What does he overhear on the way? What happens that almost costs him his life? What part of himself does he lose in the process? Where does he hide afterward? How long is he there? What is different about his appearance when he comes out?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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