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 kind of plate is in the basket?

2. In Chapter 10, how does Billy think people will identify him?

3. What do the boys eat with their bread?

4. What reward do the cutthroats want?

5. What does the prince need to sleep, according to Jemmy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Billy hesitate in sending the prince (who he thinks is the whipping boy) to deliver the ransom note?

2. Why do the outlaws think that Jemmy is really the prince?

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

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

5. Who is the whipping boy?

6. What happens over the year at the prince's lessons?

7. Why does Billy enjoy eating garlic?

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

9. What do the outlaws feed the boys?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jemmy spends his life in the city sewers before he is turned into the prince's whipping boy. Write a response comparing and contrasting Jemmy's two lives. How is his life in the sewers similar to his life in the castle? How are those two parts of his life different? How does one affect or influence the other? How does Jemmy take knowledge from one situation to another? Be sure to use specific examples from the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Trust is a key theme in the story. Write a response exploring the theme of trust. How is trust portrayed in the story? What characters are trustworthy? What characters cannot be trusted? How does the trust between characters change and evolve throughout the story? Be sure to use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

"The Whipping Boy" takes place during the medieval times, including elements like castles, kings, princes, and other era-appropriate images in the setting. Write a response explaining the importance of the time period and setting on the story. What elements of the story exist merely because the story takes place during this time period? How is the time period important to the story? How are the various settings important to the story's development?

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