Brighton Rock 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. As indicated in the beginning of the book, how long after arriving at Brighton did Hale know he was in danger?

2. To make a point about what happens to people that interfere with the mob, what does Pinkie have in Part 2, Chapter 1?

3. What is the woman at the pub doing when Hale arrives in Part 1, Chapter 1?

4. What does Pinkie mockingly call Rose in Part 2, Chapter 1?

5. How does Ida wake up at the beginning of Part 3, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pinkie get arrested at the end of Part 2, Chapter 2?

2. How does Hale disappear at the end of Part 1, Chapter 1?

3. How does Ida find out about Hale's death?

4. What do Pinkie and Colleoni discuss at the Cosmopolitan in Chapter 2, Part 2?

5. How does Pinkie convince Spicer to accompany him to the track the next day in Part 3, Chapter 4?

6. Which confusion is there about Hale's name, and how does Ida react to it?

7. What is Hale doing to avoid any danger in Brighton?

8. What happens when Hale and Ida meet again on the boardwalk?

9. What do Ida and Tate talk about in Part 3, Chapter 1?

10. Where does Hale's first encounter with the boy at Brighton take place and what happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define in detail the impact of irony in literature along with how it is used in fiction. Include three examples of irony in Brighton Rock and an analysis of how effective each example is.

Essay Topic 2

As the story develops, Pinkie loses more and more control until he reaches a point where it appears that there is nothing left for him.

1) Describe why control might be so important to Pinkie's character.

2) Explain four instances where Pinkie displays a loss of control, and what it represents for the situation he is in.

3) Analyze Pinkie's attempts to control others and his situations, and why the attempts backfire.

Essay Topic 3

Greene's approach to a murder mystery influences the type of novel that Brighton Rock is.

1) Describe the techniques used in the beginning of the book to introduce the characters and the main plot.

2) Explain the effect that the structure of the book has on the story itself.

3) Analyze Greene's writing style, its effectiveness, and the possible reasons for his approach.

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