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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. Who visits Walter at his office a week later?
2. What does Lola tell Walter when he takes her out to dinner?
3. What happens when Phyllis files her claim for payment?
4. What will Keyes give to Walter?
5. Who is Walter dating during this time?
Short Essay Questions
1. What suspicious information does Lola give to Walter?
2. Why does Walter's secretary, Nettie, call him at home that morning?
3. What is the news about the murder in the paper the next morning?
4. What is it that finally makes Walter admit to murdering Nirdlinger?
5. What does Lola tell Walter about Sachetti that makes him suspicious?
6. What information about Sachetti does Walter learn from Lola?
7. What shock does Walter get on his second day at sea?
8. What are the details of Walter's plan to kill Phyllis?
9. What do Walter and Phyllis do after they realize that their fate is sealed?
10. What happens on the night that Walter plans to kill Phyllis?
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 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
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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