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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. Walter thinks that he has been made a ___________ by Phyllis.
2. Who does Walter want to be implicated in his plan?
3. What behavior has Lola been doing lately?
4. What does Keyes tell Walter probably saved his life?
5. Who else is in the hospital room?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Walter find out who Keyes thinks is Phyllis' accomplice?
2. What are the terms of the deal that Keyes presents to Walter?
3. What transpires when Keyes returns to Walter's hospital room later that night?
4. What realization does Walter come to when he sees Phyllis on board?
5. What does Keyes tell Walter to get him to start thinking about confessing to Nirdlinger's murder?
6. What does Lola tell Walter about Sachetti that makes him suspicious?
7. Why does Walter's secretary, Nettie, call him at home that morning?
8. What is Walter's main concern after he tells Keyes about killing Nirdlinger?
9. What information about Sachetti does Walter learn from Lola?
10. How does Walter's wish to marry Lola show his suspended state of reality?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the meaning of the book's title. What is the literal meaning? What is the figurative meaning? Explain.
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 the symbolism of Walter's using the crutch to kill Mr. Nirdlinger. What does this choice show about Walter? Why did the author choose the crutch when there are so many other options available to Walter?
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