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 does Billy use for ink?

2. To what vegetable does the tutor compare the prince?

3. What does Billy think will happen if Prince Brat takes the ransom note to the castle?

4. The prince would rather eat what than the food that is given to him in Chapter 6?

5. Where do the boys have to sleep in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the cutthroats want from the prince and Jemmy?

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

3. Why does Billy enjoy eating garlic?

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

5. How do the boys get lost in the forest?

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

7. Why is Jemmy excited to receive a whipping at lessons the first day following the king's feast?

8. What does the prince do while Jemmy writes the ransom note?

9. What is Jemmy dreaming about in Chapter 1?

10. What is the reasoning for the prince's decision in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Prince Brat and Jemmy's relationship is hostile at the beginning of the book and through much of the main action of the story. Write a response explaining how the story would be different if Jemmy and the prince had gotten along and been friends to begin the story. Would the story's events have happened the same way? What would have been different in the story? Be sure to use specific examples from the story 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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