All the King's Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the quality of Willie's speeches?

2. How is Dolph Pillsbury connected to the troubles with the brick kiln?

3. What two major political factions run the state?

4. Where do Willie and Jack go after leaving Judge Irwin?

5. Why does the Attorney General, Hugh Miller resign his position?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author have Jack return home from California?

2. What negative trait of Willie's is verified by Willie's behavior in the White impeachment scandal?

3. How does Jack reason out Judge Irwin's role in his childhood?

4. How does Willie re-enter political life?

5. What had happened to Anne after she breaks up with Jack and graduates college?

6. How is the relationship between Willie and Adam solidified?

7. Under what circumstances did Jack's parents meet?

8. What twist of fate changes public perception of Willie Stark?

9. Jack takes an abrupt, unannounced trip to California after learning of Anne's affair with Willie. What consumes Jack's thoughts as he drives cross-country?

10. How is Willie's physical presence described by the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which of Willy's transgressions is his worst? Marital infidelity? Blackmail? Lack of ethics? Which of his transgressions serves him well? Which one will ultimately result in his death?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the childhoods of Willie Stark and Jack Burden. How did Willie's life of hard work growing up on a farm make him the person he became? Would Willie have been different had he not entered politics? How did growing up relatively privileged affect Jack?

Essay Topic 3

If Jack's mother has always been in love with Judge Irwin, why didn't she marry him, especially when she became pregnant? Why would Jack's mother suffer through a string of inferior men as husbands? What price did she pay in order to keep Jack ignorant about the identity of his real father?

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