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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 the boy use to get into the house to kidnap the Lindbergh baby?

2. Where did the Dunnes live before moving to Washington, D.C.?

3. What do the psychiatrists, who interviewed Gary at the federal prison, think is wrong with him?

4. Where is the box that Gary plans to hold the children?

5. How long does Soneji think the anesthetic will keep the children unconscious?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jezzie reveal when Cross takes her to a deserted island for the second time?

2. Why is Jezzie sentenced to death?

3. If Gary is able to plead insanity at trial, what happens to him?

4. Why is the first mention of the press important to the story?

5. What does Cross refuse to do on the witness stand?

6. Why is it important, during the hypnosis in the courtroom, that Murphy remembers Soneji becoming angry and damaging Michael's body?

7. When the investigation into Maggie Rose is closed, and Cross goes back over the interviews, what does Cross discover about Soneji's possible accomplice?

8. What caused Cross and Sampson to be taken off the investigation of Maggie Rose's kidnapping?

9. What does Cross' research in the kidnapper's apartment suggest?

10. Why did Cross save Soneji from being shot to death by the sharpshooters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on the entire novel, why do you think the author chose Jezzie to narrate the introductory material? What purpose would this serve? Would any other character have been more effective? How would using a different character alter the reader's perception of the story? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How does the story use empathy? What characters are empathetic, and to whom? What does empathy add to the story and to the characters? Use examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

What role do children play in the story? Compare and contrast the roles of three children in the story.

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