The Executioner's Song Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does the judge adjourn Gary's court case early on the day of the defense's case?

2. How long does Gary's court process take, including the day for jury selection?

3. How much does Gary make per hour when he is working in Vern's shop?

4. What is Cline Campbell's role in the prison setting, requested by Gary for his services?

5. What kind of execution does Gary prefer, according to his statement to the judge when asked about his choice of manner of death?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Schiller in Hawaii as Gary continues to be interviewed by the media?

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

4. What are the refreshments provided to Gary on his last night before the execution?

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

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

7. What do Moody and Sanger do when they are visiting Gary at the prison?

8. Why does the Warden allow Boaz to interview Gary?

9. What does Earl Dorius do in order to stop the reporters and other interviews from having access to Gary?

10. Why do Gary's lawyers believe the death sentence will not be carried out and that it will be eventually overturned?

Essay Topics

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?

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?

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?

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