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

2. What does Willie want for his son, Tom?

3. What literary technique does the author use to take the story back in time again?

4. What does Jack Burden carry with him?

5. What do Willie and Jack do with Willie's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What leads Jack to believe that the judge had more secret financial dealings?

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

4. When is Jack able to leave California and return home?

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

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

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

8. What conflicting information about Judge Irwin's financial history?

9. How does Jack reason out Judge Irwin's role in his childhood?

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

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

Some psychologists might say that Tom Stark's indiscriminate behavior is a child calling for help. Do you agree or disagree with this premise? What do you think Tom truly wants from his parents? Do you think Willie is so permissive with Tom because Willy had to work so hard on the farm when he was a boy? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the author's use of local color particularly regarding speech and dialogue. How can you tell the differences in the characters backgrounds and experiences by the way they speak? Do you think Willie's colorful speaking style is exaggerated or is it realistic?

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