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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 clothes seller in Pseudopolis is a look-alike for the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork?

2. William and Sacharissa are interrupted in the beginning of the novel by a short and red-faced man who presents which possible story idea?

3. Who is the personal secretary to Lord Havelock Vetinari?

4. Rumors arise in the beginning of the novel that dwarfs are able to turn __________into gold.

5. Where did the Patrician's dog bite both Pin and Tulip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is William's reaction to the outselling of the Times in pages 32-64? How has his audience changed?

2. How is the theme of racism illustrated through William's hiring Otto Chriek?

3. What skills as a reporter does William learn in pages 98-126? How does he hold up against Carney and Slant?

4. What happens when William interviews Arthur Crank?

5. What does William discover about the City Watch when he goes to investigate the murder at the Palace?

6. What shortcoming do the editors find a solution in with Otto Chriek?

7. How is Igor described? What news does William learn from him in pages 98-126?

8. How and why is a plot developed against the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork?

9. What does William fear about the Times' growth in pages 32-64?

10. What does the Ankh-Morpork Inquirer do in an attempt to shut down the Times in pages 98-126?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the satire around the character of Igor in the novel. What is this a literary allusion to? How does Igor help William in the reading?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Harry King and his occupation. What is Pratchett saying about the nature of recycling through Harry's character?

Essay Topic 3

How does William feel about the different trolls, werewolves, vampires, and dwarfs in the story? How are they used to reflect race and ethnicity in contemporary culture?

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