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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What helps the detectives retrace Mr. Patterson's steps earlier in the day?
2. What time is it when Act 2 opens?
3. What is communicated in a letter received by the police?
4. Besides peeking into the garage, what else does Mr. Patterson do?
5. Why does Dan not want Robish in the house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Act 1, when Dan arrives home and realizes the situation, Griffin tells Dan that they only need to hide until midnight, and then they will be gone. Dan tries to offer the criminals money to leave, but they are fixed on waiting for the money from Helen so that they can get away to Louisville. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Why do you think the criminals insist on waiting for the money from Helen if Dan offers them enough money to be able to leave?
2. Why do you think Helen is willing to bring the convicts money when if she is caught, she will likely go to prison herself? Do you think Griffin really loves Helen if he would put her in that position?
3. Do you think the convicts are realistic in thinking that Helen will actually make it to the house without being watched and they will all be able to peaceably leave the Hilliard home? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 2
In Act 1, Hank gets melancholy because he will never have a girl like Cindy or live in a nice house like the Hilliards'. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Do you feel sympathetic towards Hank? Why or why not?
2. Two of the convicts, Hank and Glen, are brothers. Why do you think two brothers both end up as convicts? Do you think they had a difficult upbringing? Would that make any difference in your feelings of sympathy towards either man?
3. Do you think that someone raised in an abusive home is more likely to become a criminal than one raised in a loving home? Discuss your stance, giving examples from research.
Essay Topic 3
In Act 3, Robish is convinced that someone is moving in on the house, but Griffin feels that the two remaining convicts are safe and will soon be on their way to Helen and Hank, who should be waiting in Louisville. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Do you think truly believes that he and Robish are safe? Is Griffin cracking under the stress of the situation?
2. Now with Hank gone from the house, do you think Griffin is becoming more careless and less caring about what happens to him and Robish?
3. Sometimes a leader will crack under stress and can no longer think clearly or make rational choices. Is this what is happening to Griffin? Do you think the Hilliard family would be in greater danger if Griffin cracks completely?
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