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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. Why does Walter come to the Nirdlinger residence?
2. What is Phyllis' plea to Walter?
3. What has Walter done that Keyes looks favorably on him?
4. What does Phyllis tell Walter before he leaves?
5. What is Walter Huff's profession?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the circumstances leading up to Walter and Phyllis agreeing to kill Mr. Nirdlinger?
2. How does Phyllis surprise Walter on the evening after their talk?
3. What is the biggest logistical problem Walter and Phyllis face regarding the murder?
4. Describe Walter's state of mind while waiting for the time to kill Mr. Nirdlinger arrives.
5. How does the author use foreshadowing in this chapter?
6. What is Walter's response to Phyllis' request for an accident policty on her husband?
7. Who is Mr. Sachetti?
8. From what point of view is this story told?
9. What activities does Walter follow to begin to set up his alibi on the day the murder is to take place?
10. What does Walter do when he returns home after the murder?
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
Walter is a pretty cold character until he meets Lola. Explain the irony of Walter's falling in love with Lola.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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