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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 is the less embarrassing topic Nicole decides to talk about instead of talking about when she first had sex?

2. Who makes the short argument for leniency for Gary, even though no one expects it to actually work?

3. Who does Nicole talk to when she says she has met someone she is spiritually tied to?

4. Campbell says that while suicide is a sin, paying for your sins with ______________ would not necessarily be wrong.

5. What is the name of Nicole's first husband, who she meets after escaping from the nuthouse?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the state of April, Nicole's sister, when Gary finds her at Nicole's mother's house.

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

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

5. What does Nicole pride herself on at the time when she meets Gary?

6. What gives Schiller a leg up in the competition to get the rights to Gary's story?

7. What does Schiller realize when he is already inside the prison's fence?

8. Why does Jeff Newman try to push his way into Nicole's house?

9. What does Gary find out about his old cellmate from Utah County Jail in Provo?

10. Who does Boaz think Campbell is when he shows up at his door?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Several times in the story, Gary gets away with things he has done wrong. This is frustrating for the reader who realizes Gary is tragedy waiting to happen.

Part 1: Why does Gary's parole officer want Gary to get into trouble with the law again?

Part 2: What does Gary's parole office do in order to help Gary avoid jail time?

Part 3: Do you think Gary's parole office shares responsibility for the murders? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The trick with the character of Gary is that he seems to be someone you can both hate and understand. This can cause the reader to not know what to think.

Part 1: Cite at least two examples of things which may be considered admirable in Gary.

Part 2: Cite at least two examples of things which may be considered detestable in Gary.

Part 3: Do you think Gary is a good person or a bad person? What were your reactions to him in the story?

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