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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. Why does Walter insist on listening to the radio?
2. What does Walter do on the day of Mr. Nirdlinger's scheduled departure?
3. Who observes as Walter and Mr. Nirdlinger discuss the papers?
4. What does Walter do when he dresses?
5. Who does Walter call from his home to complete his alibi?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Walter's response to Phyllis' request for an accident policty on her husband?
2. What is the biggest logistical problem Walter and Phyllis face regarding the murder?
3. What do Walter and Phyllis do after they realize that their fate is sealed?
4. Describe Walter's state of mind while waiting for the time to kill Mr. Nirdlinger arrives.
5. What precipitates Walter's meeting Phyllis Nirdlinger?
6. What are Walter's final preparations before leaving home to commit the murder?
7. How does Phyllis initiate the idea of an accident policy on her husband?
8. What are the reasons that Walter would agree to help Phyllis kill her husband?
9. What are the preliminary investigative results about the case?
10. Describe the final challenge Walter and Phyllis face in completing their facade?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the point of view in this novel. From whose perspective is the story told? Cite some examples that validate your position.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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