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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 think before making a return call?
2. What does Walter realize now about Phyllis?
3. What does Phyllis tell Walter before he leaves?
4. What happens that forces Mr. Nirdlinger to take the train?
5. What does Walter stuff into his coat?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the happy accident that befalls Mr. Nirdlinger?
2. What is the biggest logistical problem Walter and Phyllis face regarding the murder?
3. What precipitates Walter's meeting Phyllis Nirdlinger?
4. What favor does Lola ask of Walter on behalf of her boyfriend?
5. What are Walter's final preparations before leaving home to commit the murder?
6. Describe the final challenge Walter and Phyllis face in completing their facade?
7. How does the author use foreshadowing in this chapter?
8. Describe the meeting between Walter and Phyllis.
9. Why does Walter start to panic after he jumps off the train?
10. From what point of view is this story told?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Is the relationship between Walter and Lola credible? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Walter believes that he is smarter than most of the people he deals with--including Phyllis. Explain how this is part of his downfall. What role do greed and ego play in Walter's demise?
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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