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 Gilbert do after he runs away from home?

2. Why does the Attorney General, Hugh Miller resign his position?

3. How can Willie be confident in his position?

4. In what year does the story begin?

5. Of what has White been accused?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is revealed in the literary technique does the author use at the beginning of Chapter 2?

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

4. What is the author's purpose of sending Jack on a road trip?

5. What happens at the school two years after the new school is built?q

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

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

8. How does the author indicate that Willie is against drinking alcohol?

9. What personal connection does Jack find to Cass Mastern during his research?

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

What is the symbolism of Jack Burden's name? Do you feel that he carries a burden? Or is Jack himself the burden?

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 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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