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

2. What kind of car does McGrath buy for Gary, which is also the kind of car that Nicole has?

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

4. What does Gary try to steal in response to Nicole's leaving him?

5. Who does Grace go with when she is able to visit with Gary in prison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the biggest obstacle for the lawyers who are trying to defend Gary in his murder charges?

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

6. Why has Gary begun to hate his Mustang and to begin to look for an alternative car?

7. What does Gary do that shows he is an exceptionally strong man?

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

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

10. What is the evidence the prosecution has in the case against Gary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the death penalty is an obvious point of discussion in this story and continues to be a point of discussion in society as a whole.

Part 1: What are the reasons that Gary's actions deserve the death penalty?

Part 2: What are the reasons against Gary deserving the death penalty

Part 3: Do you think Gary deserves to die? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of nature versus nurture is an obvious theme in this story. One might suppose that Gary was the product of his upbringing, while others might suggest he was simply an evil person.

Part 1: Cite at least two examples of supporting evidence that the environment was the cause of Gary's behavior.

Part 2: Cite at least two examples of supporting evidence that suggests Gary is simply an evil person.

Part 3: What do you think? Do you think Gary's environment or his biology led to his actions?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of religion is one that presents itself again and again in this book. The Mormon Church lurks in the background throughout the events of this story.

Part 1: Does Gary seem to be a religious person? Support your answer.

Part 2: Why do you think Campbell thinks it's okay for Gary to be killed by the state?

Part 3: How does the Mormon Church affect Gary's case? If not, why not?

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