The Executioner's Song 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. Who is a sex addict who is not tethered securely to reality?

2. What does Gary steal in response to his problems with the truck dealership?

3. Who does Gary meet at Nicole's mother's house before heading out on his killing spree?

4. The dealer of the white truck won't sell it to Gary without a __________, which makes him mad.

5. How many times has Nicole already been married at the point when she meets Gary?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the nature of Nicole's first marriage.

3. What are the two causes for Gary's murderous behaviors, according to Grace, his apologist?

4. What is one of the first signs in the book that Gary might have feelings for younger girls?

5. Why is Gary's case the case of a lifetime for Esplin and Snyder?

6. What does Cline Campbell have to say about Gary's decision to let the state kill him?

7. Describe the character of Peter Galovan, a character who emerges in Book 1, Part 3.

8. What is the new object of Gary's automobile desires?

9. What does Sterling attribute to causing the bond between himself and Gary?

10. What are some of the good times Bessie and Gary shared between his prison sentences?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During this story, it seem that Gary has two different versions of reality - that which is true and that which he imagines in his head.

Part 1: In what ways is Gary's perception of reality false? Cite specific examples.

Part 2: In what ways does Gary seem to be grounded in reality? Cite specific examples.

Part 3: What does Gary's constant fantasies seem to say about his mental state?

Essay Topic 2

In the end, Gary is surrounded by his family and friends as he spends his final night on the Earth.

Part 1: Why are Gary's family and friends so supportive of him?

Part 2: Why didn't Gary's family and friends fight harder for him to stay alive?

Part 3: If you were a family member of Gary's, what would you have done when you found out he was sentenced to death?

Essay Topic 3

Gary says at one point that he does not want any publicity, though he goes ahead and changes this stance once Boaz enters the picture.

Part 1: Why wouldn't Gary want publicity for his initial story?

Part 2: Why might Gary have changed his mind about getting more public about his story?

Part 3: How will the publicity of Gary's story affect others in his life?

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