The Executioner's Song Test | Final 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. What has Gary already willed to others?

2. How often do the two lawyers for Gary still visit him each day?

3. What kind of pills does Nicole find in order to go through with her and Gary's suicide pact?

4. To whom does Gary offer $5000 for a change of clothes so he can escape?

5. Over what town do Gary's ashes fall, although it is illegal to do so?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can't Gary eat pizza along with the other friends of his when they visit in the prison?

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

3. Why does the Enquirer hire an expert to analyze the stresses in Gary's voice during the interviews?

4. Where is Brenda when Geraldo Rivera calls to get an interview about Gary from her?

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

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

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

8. What happens to Nicole after she is released from the state hospital?

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

10. Where are Gary's ashes spread after his death, suitably illegally spread?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grace, Gary's apologist, continues to believe he does not deserve to die, that there were other reasons for his actions.

Part 1: Describe the two reasons why Grace thinks Gary may not deserve to be punished.

Part 2: Why would someone like Grace stick up for Gary?

Part 3: If you were in a similar position as Grace, would you have stuck up for Gary? 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

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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