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. Who else does Walter call to ask about his rate book?

2. What makes it difficult to board a train unnoticed?

3. Where is Walter headed when he remembers something for another customer?

4. What does Walter actually do after Phyllis' plea?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the meeting between Walter and Phyllis.

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

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

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

5. How does Walter answer Phyllis regarding accident policies?

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

7. Why does Walter start to panic after he jumps off the train?

8. What metaphor does Phyllis use to describe herself?

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

10. What are the reasons that Walter would agree to help Phyllis kill her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Keyes is obviously the voice of reason throughout the story. Does the author create him as a sympathetic character, or is he always an irritant to both the reader and the characters in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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