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 happens when Willie runs for the governorship in 1930?

2. What does Willie tell White after White accuses Willie of impunity?

3. Willie Stark is known as ______________.

4. Why does Willie lose when he runs for reelection?

5. In what subject did Jack pursue his Ph.D. at the university?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's purpose of sending Jack on a road trip?

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

3. What is the reason that Willie's wife, Lucy, is leaving him?

4. What personal connection does Jack find to Cass Mastern during his research?

5. 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?

6. How does Willie's standard manipulative behavior exhibit in Chapter 8?

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

8. What does Anne give Jack as her reasons for having the affair with Willie?

9. Explain the actions in Chapter 9 which create not only the climax of the novel but also the classic theme of good vs. evil.

10. Why is the move to hire Adam Stanton as the administrator of Willie's new hospital so out of character for Willie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Willy Stark to Huey Long, the real Governor of Louisiana during that time period. How are they alike? How are they different? Do you think the author's characterization of Willy is so true to Huey Long because the novel was written so soon after Long's death and his personality was still so "alive?" What risks did the author run by writing a book that so closely mirrored a public figure with a questionable past?

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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