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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. Who does Walter meet at the customer's house?
2. What does Walter do on the day of Mr. Nirdlinger's scheduled departure?
3. What does Walter tell Phyllis?
4. Who observes Walter's preparations for bed at 6:45 p.m.?
5. What does Walter burn in the fireplace when he returns home?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the scenario where Walter kills Mr. Nirdlinger.
2. Describe the meeting between Walter and Phyllis.
3. Who is Keyes?
4. How does Phyllis initiate the idea of an accident policy on her husband?
5. Why does Walter call his office that night looking for a rate book?
6. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?
7. How does the author use foreshadowing in this chapter?
8. What do Walter and Phyllis do to make sure Walter is not inspected too closely by anyone at the train station?
9. What are Walter's final preparations before leaving home to commit the murder?
10. What favor does Lola ask of Walter on behalf of her boyfriend?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This story is built on a thread of tension for dramatic effect. Cite three examples from the book in which the author puts the characters in almost unbearably tense situations.
Essay Topic 2
Explain the point of view in this novel. From whose perspective is the story told? Cite some examples that validate your position.
Essay Topic 3
Walter is a pretty cold character until he meets Lola. Explain the irony of Walter's falling in love with Lola.
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