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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 Walter stuff into his coat?
2. Why does Walter say they cannot disable Mr. Nirdlinger's car for the accident?
3. Why does Walter need a harness?
4. What is Walter's worry about his work?
5. Which method do Walter and Phyllis decide for the murder?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Walter do when he returns home after the murder?
2. What activities does Walter follow to begin to set up his alibi on the day the murder is to take place?
3. What is Walter's second main concern related to the murder?
4. What metaphor does Phyllis use to describe herself?
5. Why does Walter call his office that night looking for a rate book?
6. What is Walter's response to Phyllis' request for an accident policty on her husband?
7. What are the reasons that Walter would agree to help Phyllis kill her husband?
8. What is the next step in Walter and Phyllis' plan after the murder?
9. Why does Walter make three visits to Mr. Nirdlinger?
10. From what point of view is this story told?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The story is written in a style called noir fiction for which Cain is famous. Explain the concept of noir fiction and cite some examples to support your position.
Essay Topic 2
Walter and Phyllis spend most of their time avoiding being caught for their crime. Do you think they ever felt remorse for what they did? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
The story illustrates how evil thoughts lead to evil deeds. Why is Walter a prime candidate to take part in the crime? What is the lethal combination that lures him to make this decision?
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