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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 consumes Walter's thoughts after Keyes leaves?
2. What information does Keyes share with Walter?
3. Who is Walter dating during this time?
4. What is Walter aware of when he wakes from the anesthesia?
5. What does Lola glean from a conversation she hears between Phyllis and Mr. Sanchetti?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Keyes' position on the accident?
2. How did Sachetti come to be at the site of Walter's shooting that night?
3. What are the terms of the deal that Keyes presents to Walter?
4. What is Walter's main concern after he tells Keyes about killing Nirdlinger?
5. Why does Walter's secretary, Nettie, call him at home that morning?
6. What is the news about the murder in the paper the next morning?
7. What does Keyes tell Walter to get him to start thinking about confessing to Nirdlinger's murder?
8. What happens on the night that Walter plans to kill Phyllis?
9. How does Walter find out who Keyes thinks is Phyllis' accomplice?
10. What does Phyllis do after the insurance company denies liability for the accident claim?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Walter believes that he is smarter than most of the people he deals with--including Phyllis. Explain how this is part of his downfall. What role do greed and ego play in Walter's demise?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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