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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. Where was Lola's mother when she died?
2. What does Walter ask Keyes?
3. Who has been interviewing everyone on the train?
4. What does Lola glean from a conversation she hears between Phyllis and Mr. Sanchetti?
5. What does Walter have in a file at his company?
Short Essay Questions
1. What surprising information does Walter get from reading the newspaper account of his accident?
2. What suspicious information does Lola give to Walter?
3. What are the details of Walter's plan to kill Phyllis?
4. How does Walter's wish to marry Lola show his suspended state of reality?
5. What does Keyes tell Walter to get him to start thinking about confessing to Nirdlinger's murder?
6. What transpires when Keyes returns to Walter's hospital room later that night?
7. What shock does Walter get on his second day at sea?
8. What reinforces Lola's love for Sachetti?
9. What are the terms of the deal that Keyes presents to Walter?
10. What realization does Walter come to when he sees Phyllis on board?
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
The author provides no real history or personal information on Walter. reate a personal history, bio and a glimpse into Walter's lifestyle at the time he met Phyllis.
Essay Topic 3
The story is written in a style called noir fiction for which Cain is famous. Explain the concept of noir fiction and cite some examples to support your position.
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