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. Why does Jack attend the state university instead of abiding by his mother's wishes and going to Harvard or Princeton?

2. Who is the narrator of the story?

3. Who were Jack's childhood friends?

4. What happens to Willie's career in April of 1933?

5. What does Jack Burden carry with him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the new hospital symbolize for Willie?

3. How does the author indicate that Willie is against drinking alcohol?

4. Explain how the novel ends on a small glimmer of hope.

5. What is the nature of Anne Stanton's depression?

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

7. What does Jack's father mean when he shouts "Foulness" when Jack mentions Judge Irwin's name?

8. How does Judge Irwin react when he sees Jack and Willie at his home?

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

10. What role did Judge Irwin play in Jack's childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of the literary technique of flashbacks in the novel. What is the purpose of a flashback? Is the information gleaned from the flashbacks sufficient to flesh out the bones of the literary framework the author has established? Is the technique of a flashback and the resulting flash forward disconcerting to the reader, even though necessary?

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

Why is Judge Irwin so adamant about not endorsing Willie's senatorial candidate in Chapter 1? Does the judge have guilt or remorse for his own behavior in this area? Is the judge afraid to even broach the subject of inappropriate alliances because of what might be discovered about his own past?

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