The Whipping Boy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sid Fleischman
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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 animal does Jemmy compare himself to in Chapter 2?

2. What color are Billy's teeth?

3. What does Billy want to sharpen?

4. How thin is Cutwater described?

5. What does the prince decide to do in the beginning of Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the prince carrying in the basket?

2. Why are the outlaws excited to find the prince's crown?

3. What does the king's crest on the horse's saddle cause the outlaws to think?

4. Why does the prince appear in Jemmy's room in Chapter 3?

5. How does Jemmy get the outlaws to increase their ransom demand?

6. Why does Prince Brat not yell and holler when he is getting whipped?

7. Who do the outlaws decide to send with the ransom note?

8. What does Jemmy tell the outlaws he is writing in the ransom note?

9. Why is the prince angry with Jemmy in Chapter 7?

10. What does Jemmy think about when he gets off the horse in the fog?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The whipping boy is central to the story, earning the title of the book. Write a response exploring the idea of a whipping boy. What is a whipping boy? How is a whipping boy used? What is expected of the whipping boy? How is the role of the whipping boy important to the plot's development? Be sure to use specific examples from the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses the literary technique of foreshadowing to help the reader predict certain events to come in the story. Explain how the author uses foreshadowing in the story. What specific instances illustrate the foreshadowing technique? What later events do these events foreshadow? How does the use of foreshadowing help the reader understand the story?

Essay Topic 3

Loyalty is an important theme in "The Whipping Boy." Write a response explaining how loyalty is portrayed in the story. What characters are loyal? What characters are not loyal? To what characters is loyalty important? How do a character's loyal actions or betrayals affect the story's plot? Be sure to use specific examples from the story in the response.

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