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 Phyllis tell Lola she needs help with?

2. What happens after Walter hangs up the phone?

3. Who pays Mr. Nirdlinger's auto insurance?

4. Why does Walter say he wants to help Phyllis?

5. What is Walter's spot to jump off the train?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use foreshadowing in this chapter?

2. How do Walter and Phyllis' strained emotions exhibit with each other after the murder?

3. Why does Walter start to panic after he jumps off the train?

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

5. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?

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

7. Describe the scenario where Walter kills Mr. Nirdlinger.

8. What do Walter and Phyllis do to make sure Walter is not inspected too closely by anyone at the train station?

9. What precipitates Walter's meeting Phyllis Nirdlinger?

10. What activities does Walter follow to begin to set up his alibi on the day the murder is to take place?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Phyllis' personal history. What else is in her background that shows an evil character? Why does she behave the way she does?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why Walter is so enamored with Phyllis. Why does he willingly offer to commit murder for her? Is this typical behavior for Walter or has something happened to him at this particular point in his life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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