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. The Mormon majority believes that man does go on to become a ______________ and inherits one of the many unused planets when he dies.

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

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

4. What makes Nicole feel even more moved by the depth of Gary's soul?

5. Who is the nighttime guard that Gibbs and Gary start to play with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Gary and Nicole try to consummate their new relationship?

2. Why do Nicole's other lovers become a bit unnerved by her and by her situation?

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

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

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

6. What do people have to say about Gary's talents as an artist?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One's image of themselves seems to spurn on that person's actions as well.

Part 1: How does Nicole see herself? What actions does she take as a result of this self image?

Part 2: How does Gary see himself? What actions does he take as a result of his self image?

Part 3: Would changing one's self image change one's actions? 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

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?

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