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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 decides that the answer to #38 is much too young for the responsibility of taking care of children?

2. Who is an uptight religious fanatic who is given to nervous breakdowns?

3. What does Gary accidentally do while trying to dispose of the murder weapon?

4. What kind of shop does Vern own and that Gary eventually works at?

5. Nicole's other lovers are a bit spooked by Gary as he is a ______________ who thinks Nicole is his alone.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nicole when she meets Gary as the age of twenty.

2. What happened to Nicole's Mustang which makes her have to hitchhike in order to see Gary in prison?

3. What are some of the things Gary thinks are interesting, revealing that he hasn't been in a bar in a long time?

4. What does Peter see that causes him to talk to Ida about his findings?

5. Why is Nicole taken off of Gary's visiting list at the prison, although she is eventually reinstated?

6. What are the mental health conclusions that Esplin and Snyder learn in their trips to Utah State Hospital?

7. Why does Gary contact Brenda as he comes to the end of his jail term in Oregon?

8. Who will Gary live with after he gets out of prison?

9. Describe how Gary acts as a worker at Vern's shop.

10. What is the coincidence that makes Nicole think she and Gary are somehow connected by the universe when they first meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gary seems to use violence as a reaction to things he can not control in his life. This causes disastrous consequences for all involved.

Part 1: Describe two situations in which Gary uses violence when he is frustrated.

Part 2: Does it seem that Gary really wants to be violent? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why might Gary think violence is the only way to handle his feelings?

Essay Topic 2

The role of family in this story is a muddled one. Both Gary and Nicole seem to have had troubles with the male figures in their lives, which may have led to their current issues.

Part 1: Describe the troubles of Nicole as she grew up in her family.

Part 2: What might have impacted Gary in relation to his male family relationships?

Part 3: If these characters had positive male role models, do you think they would have turned out differently? Why or why not? How?

Essay Topic 3

As Gary begins to sell his story, it seems that truth is not the most important part of the deal. The buyers simply want to tell the sensational story.

Part 1: Why wouldn't truth be an important part of telling Gary's story?

Part 2: Why weren't the families of his victims contacted?

Part 3: Why does Gary want a portion of the proceeds from his publicity to go to the families of his victims?

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