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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 actually do after Phyllis' plea?
2. What do Walter and Phyllis do with Mr. Nirdlinger's body?
3. Why does Walter insist on listening to the radio?
4. What happens that forces Mr. Nirdlinger to take the train?
5. What happens after Walter hangs up the phone?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Walter do when he returns home after the murder?
2. How does Phyllis surprise Walter on the evening after their talk?
3. What activities does Walter follow to begin to set up his alibi on the day the murder is to take place?
4. What do Walter and Phyllis do to make sure Walter is not inspected too closely by anyone at the train station?
5. What do Walter and Phyllis do with Mr. Nirdlinger's body?
6. What is the next step in Walter and Phyllis' plan after the murder?
7. Why does Walter start to panic after he jumps off the train?
8. From what point of view is this story told?
9. What is Walter's state of mind immediately after the murder and what mistake does he preempt?
10. Why does Walter make three visits to Mr. Nirdlinger?
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
Why does it never occur to Walter that Phyllis is thinking of a way to kill him just as he is thinking of killing her? What is it about Walter's personality that allows for this flawed lack of judgment? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
The author provides no real history or personal information on Walter. reate a personal history, bio and a glimpse into Walter's lifestyle at the time he met Phyllis.
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