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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 method of transportation does Mr. Nirdlinger use primarily?
2. Who observes as Walter and Mr. Nirdlinger discuss the papers?
3. What does Lola want from Walter?
4. What is a major issue for Walter and Phyllis?
5. Who appears at Walter's house during a rain storm?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Walter make three visits to Mr. Nirdlinger?
2. What does Walter do when he returns home after the murder?
3. What is Walter's response to Phyllis' request for an accident policty on her husband?
4. Why does Walter call his office that night looking for a rate book?
5. What do Walter and Phyllis do to make sure Walter is not inspected too closely by anyone at the train station?
6. Who is Mr. Sachetti?
7. How do Walter and Phyllis' strained emotions exhibit with each other after the murder?
8. What activities does Walter follow to begin to set up his alibi on the day the murder is to take place?
9. From what point of view is this story told?
10. Describe the scenario where Walter kills Mr. Nirdlinger.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Phyllis is the epitome of a femme fatale. Explain what this means and cite examples that validate this description of Phyllis.
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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