Double Indemnity Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Lola caution Walter about?

2. What do Walter and Phyllis take with them to the train station?

3. What will the insurance company think about Mr. Nirdlinger?

4. What is Phyllis' plea to Walter?

5. Why does Walter insist on listening to the radio?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Walter call his office that night looking for a rate book?

2. What is the biggest logistical problem Walter and Phyllis face regarding the murder?

3. What is the next step in Walter and Phyllis' plan after the murder?

4. What is Walter's second main concern related to the murder?

5. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?

6. From what point of view is this story told?

7. What are the circumstances leading up to Walter and Phyllis agreeing to kill Mr. Nirdlinger?

8. What is Walter's state of mind immediately after the murder and what mistake does he preempt?

9. How does Phyllis initiate the idea of an accident policy on her husband?

10. What is Walter's response to Phyllis' request for an accident policty on her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Is the relationship between Walter and Lola credible? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the point of view in this novel. From whose perspective is the story told? Cite some examples that validate your position.

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