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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 does Keyes think is the best way to catch the perpetrator of a crime like this?
2. What information does Keyes share with Walter?
3. What does Keyes want Walter to give him which needs to be signed by a notary public?
4. What is Walter's plan?
5. Who has been Phyllis' regular visitor?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the news about the murder in the paper the next morning?
2. What is Keyes' position on the accident?
3. What shock does Walter get on his second day at sea?
4. What realization does Walter come to when he sees Phyllis on board?
5. What is it that finally makes Walter admit to murdering Nirdlinger?
6. What is Walter's main concern after he tells Keyes about killing Nirdlinger?
7. What information about Sachetti does Walter learn from Lola?
8. Why does Walter's secretary, Nettie, call him at home that morning?
9. What precipitates Walter's plan to kill Phyllis?
10. What is the symbolism of the moon at the end of the story?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does it never occur to Walter that Phyllis is thinking of a way to kill him just as he is thinking of killing her? What is it about Walter's personality that allows for this flawed lack of judgment? Explain.
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
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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