Double Whammy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Decker see in Skink's shack that really surprises him?

2. Who makes Bobby's boat into the coffin that Bobby is buried in?

3. How long after her divorce from Decker did Catherine wait before marrying James?

4. Who is Dickie Lockhart's boss?

5. Who dresses up as the Harney High School's Davey Dillo mascot?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Pickney asks Decker why he got a divorce, what does Decker say?

2. According to Decker, what is the most dreaded assignment in journalism?

3. In Weeb's mind, what is the difference between a canal and a lake?

4. Why are the fishing guides in Harney paid up to $200 per day for their services?

5. Years before the story takes place, what did Decker do to land him in Apalachee prison?

6. Why does Decker accept the case regarding cheating at the fishing tournaments?

7. When Decker first sees the state trooper after arriving back in Harney, Decker notices something different about this trooper. What makes this trooper different from the others?

8. Describe Clinton Tyree's political ideology during his run for office in the 1970s.

9. Why does the vice president of the Outdoor Christian Network not like the name Lunker Lakes for the community development?

10. What surprises Skink when he spies Bobby on the day that Bobby dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the three main demands of Dickie Lockhart when he confronts Charles Weeb in Weeb's New Orleans hotel room. For each demand, tell Lockhart's reasoning behind the demand, what Lockhart hoped to accomplish through the demand, and the likelihood of the demand actually being met by Weeb.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story, there are several attempts made on Decker's life.

a. Identify three characters or groups who try to kill Decker. Describe the situation and how Decker escapes.

b. Compare and contrast the characters that try to kill Decker, as well as these characters' motivations.

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness, draw the reader deeper into the story, and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

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