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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. How does Frank manage to keep track of the information he collects?

2. What technology, which does not exist at the time, might have stopped Frank's crime spree?

3. Why does Frank decide to leave Atlanta?

4. Why does Frank leave his $1.50/hour job?

5. How long does Frank usually stay in a new apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Frank manages to avoid being caught for several years. Imagine, though, that he is caught. How do you think he is caught earlier? How much of his good fortune is luck and how much is skill?

2. Do you think that Frank wants to pose as a pilot only because he wants to cash bad checks? Or is there some other reason? Please explain.

3. Does Frank feel that he is in any danger of being caught when he begins working as a lawyer?

4. How does his job as a doctor fit into Frank's plans for living in Atlanta?

5. Looking back on his pilot con as he writes the book, do you think that Frank regrets his actions? Why or why not?

6. What changes happen at home while Frank is away at the reformatory?

7. Do you think that Frank's con works today? Why or why not?

8. What legitimate use can Frank make of his imagination and ability to do research?

9. Why do you think that Frank is concerned when the pilot of the flight he is on does not let him listen to conversations with the tower on a courtesy headset?

10. Why do you think Frank gives different names to different stewardesses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Frank's tour of Europe with the interns, with his usual practice of deadheading around alone as a fake pilot. How are the two experiences similar and different? Which strategy do you think best suits Frank's character?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Frank's role as a supervisory resident at the hospital in Atlanta with his role as a lawyer. How are the two roles similar? How are they different? Include the process Frank goes through to get each job, and the reasons that lead up to his departure from each.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the various prisons and jail cells in which Frank does time. Be sure to include Perpignan Prison, Malmo Prison, and the Fulton County Jail. How are these prisons similar? How are they different?

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