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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. What does Keyes want to talk to Walter about?
2. Where does Walter have dinner?
3. What does Lola caution Walter about?
4. What does Phyllis tell Lola she needs help with?
5. What does Walter ask the person to find during the phone call?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Walter and Phyllis' strained emotions exhibit with each other after the murder?
2. Describe Walter's state of mind while waiting for the time to kill Mr. Nirdlinger arrives.
3. How does Phyllis surprise Walter on the evening after their talk?
4. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?
5. From what point of view is this story told?
6. What precipitates Walter's meeting Phyllis Nirdlinger?
7. What does Walter do when he returns home after the murder?
8. What are the circumstances leading up to Walter and Phyllis agreeing to kill Mr. Nirdlinger?
9. What is the happy accident that befalls Mr. Nirdlinger?
10. What is the biggest logistical problem Walter and Phyllis face regarding the murder?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the meaning of the book's title. What is the literal meaning? What is the figurative meaning? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Walter believes that he is smarter than most of the people he deals with--including Phyllis. Explain how this is part of his downfall. What role do greed and ego play in Walter's demise?
Essay Topic 3
Phyllis is the epitome of a femme fatale. Explain what this means and cite examples that validate this description of Phyllis.
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