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. What does Willie tell Jack that he is going to build?

2. How is Dolph Pillsbury connected to the troubles with the brick kiln?

3. In a flashback, what does the author reveal about Jack's father?

4. What happens to Willie's career in April of 1933?

5. In what year does the story begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What crisis is occurring in the governor's office when Jack returns to town?

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

3. Briefly explain the Mastern family story.

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

5. What is the nature of Jack's second historical project which he launches in Chapter 5?

6. Under what circumstances did Jack's parents meet?

7. How does Jack come to learn about the Mastern family?

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

9. What was Cass' life like in Mississippi?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain how Willie's role as protagonist evolves as the plot extends. How does Willie change from the hard-working farm boy to a manipulative politician? What are Willie's motivators? Is Willie the typical protagonist hero at heart?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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