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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 else drives Walter to make his decision?
2. What does Walter do with the information Lola shared with him?
3. How did Lola's mother die?
4. What consumes Walter's thoughts after Keyes leaves?
5. What else are the investigators waiting on?
Short Essay Questions
1. What surprising information does Walter get from reading the newspaper account of his accident?
2. What is it that finally makes Walter admit to murdering Nirdlinger?
3. What does Phyllis do after the insurance company denies liability for the accident claim?
4. What is the symbolism of the moon at the end of the story?
5. What information about Sachetti does Walter learn from Lola?
6. What are the details of Walter's plan to kill Phyllis?
7. How does Walter's wish to marry Lola show his suspended state of reality?
8. What is the news about the murder in the paper the next morning?
9. What does Keyes tell Walter to get him to start thinking about confessing to Nirdlinger's murder?
10. What reinforces Lola's love for Sachetti?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Why does Walter have a change of heart regarding Phyllis? What enters into the relationship that makes her repugnant to him? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Walter is a pretty cold character until he meets Lola. Explain the irony of Walter's falling in love with Lola.
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