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The Mysterious Benedict Society Test Questions
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Reynie was intelligent and likely would pass.
Why did Miss Perumal encourage Reynie to take the advertised test?
It was a puzzle that tested logic.
How did the second test differ from most standardized exams?
These qualities are important to succeed. Knowledge is not the only important thing.
Why do you think the students were placed in situations that tested their honesty and ingenuity as well as their knowledge?
Mr. Benedict has a condition called narcolepsy.
Why were Rhonda and Number Two extremely protective of Mr. Benedict?
The Institute was dangerous because messages were being transmitted into people's minds there. Mr. Benedict was willing to take the risk of sending his team there because that was the only way to stop the Emergency.
Why was the Institute a dangerous place? Why was Mr. Benedict willing to send his team there?
The missing government officials alerted Mr. Benedict to this.
What had first alerted Mr. Benedict to the idea that all society was in grave danger?
The tidal turbines powered the Institute's broadcasts.
What natural resource powered the Institute's broadcasts?
He was saving their power to boost the strength of the messages.
What was Mr. Curtain doing with the tidal turbines?
Constance was clumsy and cranky. She was burdening the children in the mission.
Why did the children question Mr. Benedict's decision to include Constance in the mission?
The team sent messages to the mainland by using Morse Code.
How did the team send messages to the mainland?
There were actually many rules at the Institute, even if the Executives did not think of it this way.
What did Reynie immediately realize about the apparent freedom of the children at the Institute?
It was invented in 1836.
When was Morse Code invented?
Samuel Morse invented Morse Code.
Who invented Morse Code?
Its main purpose was sending messages over wires.
What purposes did Morse Code serve?
There are much more modern and faster methods of communication.
Why isn't Morse Code used as much today?
They had been making perfect scores on their quizzes and could boot her from her spot as Messenger.
Why was Martina Crowe angry at Reynie and Sticky?
The four children suddenly became angry and confused because one of Mr. Curtain's message broadcasts began.
Why did the four children suddenly become angry and confused?
They cheated because they wanted Kate and Constance to make better scores.
Why did the team decide to cheat on the tests and quizzes?
Kate and Constance would benefit, since they would make better scores.
Who would benefit from this cheating?
Mr. Curtain promised to promote Reynie because Reynie had been making perfect scores and was a lot like him.
Why did Mr. Curtain promise to promote Reynie?
They thought they already might be in trouble, and their discoveries could really help the mission move along.
Why did Reynie and Kate take the risk of spying on the Executives in the gym?
Sticky feared facing Mr. Curtain most and revealing his mission.
What did Sticky fear most after his experience in the Waiting Room?
This plan would get Sticky out of trouble and revenge on Martina. The plan would have Sticky partially telling the truth.
Why did Sticky accuse Martina Crowe of forcing him to cheat on tests?
The Whisperer's main function was transmitting and perceiving thoughts with Mr. Curtain's presence. Mr. Curtain plans to expand this function by letting people hear the thoughts transmitted without his presence.
What was the main function of the Whisperer? How did Mr. Curtain plan to expand this function?
Mr. Curtain would cause the amnesia epidemic to all who resisted him and then solve the problem with the Amnesia Sanctuary. He would rule all the regions of the world, since he was "fixing" the emergency.
How was Mr. Curtain's plan for world control supposed to work?
Mr. Benedict eventually intended to close the Institute because he was going to make it into the Amnesia Sanctuary.
Why did Mr. Curtain eventually intend to close the Institute?
The children learned this by entering the Institute Control Building and reading future press releases.
How did the children learn about Mr. Curtain's plan for world domination?
The children decided to remain on the island, despite the dangers, because they were the last hope to save the world.
Why did the children decide to remain on the island, despite the dangers?
Mr. Benedict asked Reynie to remember the White Knight because he had this chess problem on the first test. He wanted Reynie to not doubt himself.
Why did Mr. Benedict ask Reynie to remember the White Knight?
Constance proved her loyalty to the team by eating a disgusting piece of licorice from Kate's foot in order to keep Kate's investigation a secret.
How did Constance prove her loyalty to the team?
Sticky tended to doubt himself because he typically did the wrong thing when he was put under pressure.
Why did Sticky tend to doubt himself?
Sticky's new friendships gave him sudden confidence as he approached the Whisperer.
What gave Sticky sudden confidence as he approached the Whisperer?
Reynie sought help because Kate and Constance were needed in the flag tower, and Sticky could not resist the Whisperer for long.
Why did Reynie desperately seek help from across the water as Sticky began his session in the Whisperer?
Milligan was Kate's father.
Why did Milligan risk rescuing Kate?
Mr. Curtain had narcolepsy to anger.
What did Reynie suddenly realize about Mr. Curtain's weakness?
his wheelchair, his straps, his goggles, his sudden pauses in speech, his relationship to Mr. Benedict
What clues helped Reynie discover what Mr. Curtain's weakness was?
Constance took a seat in the Whisperer and tried to confuse it with her stubbornness.
How did Constance prove herself to be an important member of the team?
He said that the team's car was a decoy. He pretended he was Mr. Curtain and yelled at the Recruiters.
How did Mr. Benedict trick the Recruiters into abandoning their pursuit of the team?
A young child would be the only one that could resist the Whisperer because of their stubbornness.
Why had a very young child been chosen as part of the mission?
"special opportunities", a school on an island, personalities of the children
What parts of the story do you think were realistic?
Whisperer, brainsweeping, transmitting messages
What parts of the story were fantasy or science fiction?
The test takers were required to bring a single pencil and a single rubber eraser. They were not supposed to bring anything more.
1. What were the test takers required to bring to the Monk Building?
Mrs. Perumal is Reynie's tutor and friend. She teaches him Tamil, as he has already completed all of the high school textbooks.
2. Who is Mrs. Perumal?
The final question on Reynie's test asked if he was brave. He answered that he hoped so.
3. What was the final question on Reynie's test?
It was strange that the "pencil lady" kept eating loudly during the tests.
4. What is strange about the "pencil lady" during the tests?
Sticky's real name is George Washington, but he hates being called this. That is why he has everyone call him "Sticky."
5. What was Sticky's real name?
The kids had to cross a floor filled with blue and black rectangles without touching any blue and black squares.
6. What did the kids have to do for the third test?
During the final test, Constance sat in a corner of the maze and had a picnic. She never finished the test.
7. What did Constance do during the final test?
I would describe Constance as easily irritable, cranky, and clumsy. However, once I discovered that Constance was only two years old at the book's conclusion, I thought that she was very bright and intelligent for her age.
8. How would you describe Constance?
Mr. Benedict had a condition called narcolepsy. He fell asleep whenever he started laughing too hard.
9. What condition did Mr. Benedict have?
The kids were going to the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened on Nomansan Island undercover.
10. Where are the kids going undercover?
Milligan wore disguises because he had a condition called amnesia. He did not know anything about his past, so he wore disguises to hide himself from his past enemies.
11. Why did Milligan wear disguises?
Power was created on the island using the tidal turbines. This natural resource powered the Institute's broadcasts.
12. How was power created on the island?
Kate and Constance visited the boys' room each night by crawling through the ceiling panels that connect the dormitory rooms.
13. How do Kate and Constance visit the boys' room each night?
Drapeweed covers hidden holes on the island.
14. What plant covers hidden holes on the island?
Reynie and Sticky were making perfect scores on their quizzes.
15. Which members of the Mysterious Benedict Society were making perfect scores?
Both Mr. Benedict and the Sender had violets.
16. What type of plant did both Mr. Benedict and the Sender have?
"Brainsweeping" is the term used for destroying people's memories.
17. What is the term used for destroying people's memories?
Martina Crowe was promoted to Executive status by Mr. Curtain after Sticky accused her of cheating.
18. What happened to Martina Crowe after Sticky accused her of cheating?
Mr. Benedict's first name is Nicholas.
19. What is Mr. Benedict's first name?
Mr. Benedict's narcolepsy is a reaction to laughter, while Mr. Curtain's narcolepsy is a reaction to anger. Mr. Benedict is kind, walks on two feet, wants the world to be saved from Mr. Curtain's clutches, and has an extreme love of truth. Mr. Curtain, on the other hand, loves to do evil, drives a motorized wheelchair, wants to control the world, and tells lies to his students. Both men wear green plaid suits, have narcolepsy, are twin brothers, are geniuses, and use children to help carry out their plans.
20. What are the similarities and differences between Mr. Benedict and Mr. Curtain?
I would describe Sticky as very bright and nervous. He is easily scared and learns how to work on a team. Sticky is extremely brilliant, but his fears easily get to him.
21. How would you describe Sticky?
The children communicated with Mr. Benedict by using Morse Code, a series of dots and dashes. The children signaled across the island using a flashlight and waited for Mr. Benedict's response, which would be in some sort of code.
22. How do the students communicate with Mr. Benedict?
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