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. How did Cass die?

2. Where does Annabelle take Phebe to be sold?

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

4. What does Jack think he can find to blackmail Judge Irwin?

5. Who are Willie and his entourage visiting at a farm?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Willie re-enter political life?

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

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

4. What is the author's purpose for beginning the novel in the way he does?

5. What is Willie's reaction when Judge Irwin refuses to support a man Willie has chosen for a senate nomination?

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

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

8. How does Willie react when his assistant, Sadie Burke, tells him, "Judge Irwin has come for Callahan."

9. How does the author begin the story in the present time of 1936?

10. What does Jack discover when he digs into the school construction story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of the literary technique of flashbacks in the novel. What is the purpose of a flashback? Is the information gleaned from the flashbacks sufficient to flesh out the bones of the literary framework the author has established? Is the technique of a flashback and the resulting flash forward disconcerting to the reader, even though necessary?

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

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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