Burr Test | Final 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. For what position does Burr ask for his brother-in-law, James Brown?

2. In June of 1808, where does Burr travel?

3. What does Mrs. Townsend tell Charlie about Helen's feelings towards him?

4. How long is the trial for the murderer in the case for which Charlie was originally accused?

5. In whose murder is Charlie arrested?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Van Buren tell Charlie about Burr when Charlie visits the White House?

2. Who murdered Helen and how does Charlie know this person?

3. Describe the duel between Burr and Hamilton according to Burr's re-enactment.

4. What factors upset Charlie most when he finds out that his consulship is coming to an end?

5. Why is a letter Wilkinson wrote Burr used in his trial and what does Wilkinson attempt to do to the letter?

6. How does Charlie respond when Mr. Bryant tells him not to publish the pamphlet, and what effect does this response have on Byrant?

7. How does Burr feel about the Constitutional power given to the President? What other ideas does he have about the Constitution?

8. Describe Jefferson's beliefs about States' rights.

9. On what counts is Charlie arrested and what events surround his arrest?

10. Why does Burr gather Jamie Wilkinson, John Smith, Jonathan Dayton, and future president General Andrew Jackson together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay looking at how time is used as a theme and plot device in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The novel, narrated by Charlie, depends also on the accounts and narration of Burr. Write an essay in which you evaluate the believability/ trustworthiness of character testimony.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay evaluating the different influences and motivations that affect each character in the novel. How do these different motivations contribute to plot development?

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