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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. Which employees of the graphics studio does the owner feel most sorry for?
2. in the Before section, Ed Gentry is depressed after lunch because...
3. What does the Kitt's model do during the photo shoot that gives Ed a deep male thrill?
4. How is the first man that the four men encounter in Oree described?
5. Before Lewis arrives to pick Ed up for the canoe trip, where is Ed's son Dean?
Short Essay Questions
1. After the canoe trip, why is Ed not sorry when Bobby disappears from his life, even though, before the trip, he enjoyed knowing him?
2. Why is the sheriff in Aintry more sympathetic to the men than his deputy is?
3. Why does Drew want to bring his guitar on the canoe trip?
4. On the second day of the canoe trip, why is Bobby's paddling so erratic?
5. How does the canoe trip change Ed's attitude towards his work?
6. What does Ed tell his wife when she asks if he really wants to go on the canoe trip?
7. During the luncheon before the canoe trip, what do Bobby and Drew have planned for the rest of the afternoon?
8. On the second day of the trip, how is Ed swift enough to reach the shotgun first when the man holding it is shot?
9. While climbing the cliff after their attacker, how does Ed develop the necessary skills to overcome his lack of climbing ability?
10. Why does Ed react badly when he goes to the hospital to talk to Lewis and sees patrol cars out front?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The story the men tell the authorities later is crucial to their not being arrested. Describe the story they originally came up with to explain Drew's disappearance and why they decide that story needs changing. Tell what happens that necessitates their changing that story and how this adds to conflict in the novel. What does Ed do after he realizes the story won't hold up? When Ed goes home, does he believe the truth will remain buried forever? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Ed Gentry, Lewis Medlock, Bobby Trippe, and Drew Ballinger are the four main characters in the book. They are alike in some ways, different in others.
1) Compare and contrast the characters of Ed and Lewis. How are they the same? How are they different? Tell why you think these differences exist.
2) What do you think would happen if Bobby Trippe and Drew Ballinger had not existed? Would the story still follow much the same path? What might be different if one or the other of these two men had not existed? Explain your answer.
3) Who is the better leader, Lewis or Ed? Why do you think this? Cite specific incidents from the story to support your case.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the importance of the sheriff to the story. How does he differ from the rural Southerners the main characters met during their canoe trip? What about his actions and conversations point out those differences? How does the author use him to symbolize a type of Southerner that is neither the typical suburbanite represented by the main characters nor the rural Southerners who attacked them. Cite other examples of Southerners met briefly on the canoe trip who may fit this third character type.
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