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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 does Willie want of Judge Irwin?
2. Who does not approve of Jack working for Willie?
3. What happens to Annabelle's husband, Duncan Trice?
4. What happens to indicate that Lucy is not engaged in Willie's life?
5. On what topic does Willie complain to Jack about Lucy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What twist of fate changes public perception of Willie Stark?
2. How does the author begin the story in the present time of 1936?
3. What conflicting information about Judge Irwin's financial history?
4. 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?
5. What does Anne give Jack as her reasons for having the affair with Willie?
6. How does Jack come to learn about the Mastern family?
7. What is the nature of Jack's second historical project which he launches in Chapter 5?
8. How do Jack's mother and Judge Irwin feel about Jack's association with Willie Stark?
9. Which of the Mastern family members holds special appeal for Jack?
10. What does the new hospital symbolize for Willie?
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
Do you think Jack was surprised to learn about Judge Irwin's acceptance of the bribe related to the utilities company case? For some reason, Jack has an instinct that Judge Irwin's vulnerability is related to money. Why? Is it sad or practical that Jack can learn about the judge's flaw and accept it? Explain why Jack feels the need to research the judge in the first place.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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