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 Walter do to remove the obstacle?

2. Who does Walter meet at the customer's house?

3. Why does Walter insist on listening to the radio?

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

5. Who does Walter learn has called him at the office?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Walter's second main concern related to the murder?

3. What is Walter's state of mind immediately after the murder and what mistake does he preempt?

4. Who is Keyes?

5. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?

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

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

8. What precipitates Walter's meeting Phyllis Nirdlinger?

9. What is the next step in Walter and Phyllis' plan after the murder?

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

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

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 illustrates how evil thoughts lead to evil deeds. Why is Walter a prime candidate to take part in the crime? What is the lethal combination that lures him to make this decision?

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