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. Which method do Walter and Phyllis decide for the murder?

2. Who is Keyes?

3. How does Walter feel for the way he responds to Phyllis?

4. What does Walter focus on?

5. What does Phyllis tell Walter when he comes for his second visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What precipitates Walter's meeting Phyllis Nirdlinger?

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

5. What favor does Lola ask of Walter on behalf of her boyfriend?

6. What are the circumstances leading up to Walter and Phyllis agreeing to kill Mr. Nirdlinger?

7. How do Walter and Phyllis' strained emotions exhibit with each other after the murder?

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

9. How does Phyllis initiate the idea of an accident policy on her husband?

10. What are Walter's final preparations before leaving home to commit the murder?

Essay Topics

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

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

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?

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