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. At what time is Mr. Nirdlinger's train scheduled to leave?

2. What is Phyllis' demeanor during this time?

3. What does Phyllis tell Lola she needs help with?

4. Why does Walter snap at Phyllis in the car?

5. What is the state of Walter's senses after the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Phyllis surprise Walter on the evening after their talk?

2. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?

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

4. What does Walter do when he returns home after the murder?

5. Describe the meeting between Walter and Phyllis.

6. Describe Walter's state of mind while waiting for the time to kill Mr. Nirdlinger arrives.

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

8. Describe the final challenge Walter and Phyllis face in completing their facade?

9. What are Walter's final preparations before leaving home to commit the murder?

10. Who does Phyllis bring in as a witness to the paper signing and why is Walter upset by her choice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the symbolism of the moon throughout the story? What does it mean for Walter and Lola? What does it ultimately mean for Walter and Phyllis? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Phyllis is the epitome of a femme fatale. Explain what this means and cite examples that validate this description of Phyllis.

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