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. Who is Cass Mastern?

2. Where does Annabelle take Phebe to be sold?

3. Why does Annabelle sell Phebe, her waiting maid?

4. What two major political factions run the state?

5. What does Willie do after he loses the election?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which of the Mastern family members holds special appeal for Jack?

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

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

4. What was Cass' life like in Mississippi?

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

6. Briefly explain the Mastern family story.

7. Why does the author have Jack return home from California?

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

9. Who was Jack find was the unexpected instigator in the deaths of Adam and Willie?

10. What is Willie's second plan of action when he cannot get to the Fryes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tiny Duffy is characterized as the epitome of evil in the book. Explain Tiny's motives for what he does. Do you think people like Tiny gravitate toward political positions because there is more opportunity for advancement? Or for greed? Explain.

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

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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