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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 had Mr. Sanchetti suspected Phyllis was up to something the night his car was stolen?
2. What else drives Walter to make his decision?
3. Whose efforts got Walter to the hospital?
4. Who was the woman arrested for shooting Walter?
5. What does Lola vow to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Walter's wish to marry Lola show his suspended state of reality?
2. What surprising information does Walter get from reading the newspaper account of his accident?
3. What is the news about the murder in the paper the next morning?
4. What does Keyes tell Walter to get him to start thinking about confessing to Nirdlinger's murder?
5. What does Lola tell Walter about Sachetti that makes him suspicious?
6. What precipitates Walter's plan to kill Phyllis?
7. What is Keyes' position on the accident?
8. What do Walter and Phyllis do after they realize that their fate is sealed?
9. What is the symbolism of the moon at the end of the story?
10. What is it that finally makes Walter admit to murdering Nirdlinger?
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
Walter is a pretty cold character until he meets Lola. Explain the irony of Walter's falling in love with Lola.
Essay Topic 3
Explain the meaning of the book's title. What is the literal meaning? What is the figurative meaning? Explain.
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