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. With what article of clothing does Phyllis flirt with Walter?

2. What does Walter do on the day of Mr. Nirdlinger's scheduled departure?

3. Who does Walter call from his home to complete his alibi?

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

5. Who observes as Walter and Mr. Nirdlinger discuss the papers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Keyes?

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

6. What is the biggest logistical problem Walter and Phyllis face regarding the murder?

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

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

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

10. What do Walter and Phyllis do with Mr. Nirdlinger's body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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.

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