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. Nicole continues to ____________ from Springfield in order to get to Gary.

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

3. Who else does Grace blame for Gary's behavior as they will not pay the back taxes on Bessie's house?

4. What is the loud and comical item Gary wears that makes him stand out in a crowd?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The suicide theme is one that recurs during the story, with various players attempting to take their own life.

Part 1: When Nicole and Gary make a suicide pact, do you think Gary meant to go through with it? Why or why not?

Part 2: What do you think the goal of Nicole and Gary's suicide pact was? Why?

Part 3: Why does Gary turn to suicide after hearing his execution date has been changed?

Essay Topic 2

The presence of sex in this story seems to be truly 'sex' rather than the idea of making love.

Part 1: Why does Nicole use sex during this story? What does it seem to provide for her?

Part 2: How does Gary use sex in this story? What does he seem to get in return?

Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about sex and its relationship to violence?

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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