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. Cass and his brother, Gilbert, and sister, Lavinia, were born in poverty in what state?

2. What does the answer to #45 reveal to Willie?

3. How does Jack come in contact with Cass Mastern?

4. Where does Annabelle take Phebe to be sold?

5. What happens to indicate that Lucy is not engaged in Willie's life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does Jack have any contact with his real father now?

4. Compare and contrast the funerals for Willie and Adam.

5. What is the major point of contention between Willie and Lucy about their son, Tom?

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

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

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

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

10. Explain Anne's pattern of not committing to any permanent relationship in her life.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of good vs. evil in the novel. Who/what represents good? Who/what represents evil? How do they co-exist or do they? What is the final confrontation?

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