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. How did Tiny Duffy get his name?

2. How did Cass die?

3. What is Willie's wife's profession?

4. Which political faction covertly backs Willie's campaign?

5. What does Willie tell Jack to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the author's purpose for beginning the novel in the way he does?

3. How do Jack's mother and Judge Irwin feel about Jack's association with Willie Stark?

4. To whom is the construction contract awarded and why?

5. What startling fact is revealed to Jack when he goes home to see if Judge Irwin will use his influence with MacMurfree?

6. What are the circumstances surrounding Willie's loss at reelection for the county treasurer job?

7. What happens in Chapter 8 to make Adam want to resign as director of the hospital?

8. What leads Jack to explore the judge's interest in the American Electric Power Company?

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. What is it that makes Adam accept the position of director of the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some psychologists might say that Tom Stark's indiscriminate behavior is a child calling for help. Do you agree or disagree with this premise? What do you think Tom truly wants from his parents? Do you think Willie is so permissive with Tom because Willy had to work so hard on the farm when he was a boy? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain why the fateful meeting of Willy and Adam in the courthouse had to happen. Why did the author let both characters die? Did he not want to take a stand on whether good can triumph over evil? Or is it because no one can be totally good just as no one can be totally bad?

Essay Topic 3

The author inserts a surprising story in as Chapter 4 regarding the Mastern family. What lessons is the author trying to teach in this chapter? Is it the evil of slavery? The sins of marital infidelity? The burden of guilt and remorse? Explain your position.

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