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. Who is pissed off at Schiller for not being able to attend Gary's memorial service?

2. What kind of car does the answer to #98 drive, although it is in danger of being repossessed?

3. What kind of car does Gibbs buy on his way out of town, away from Gary and the theft ring?

4. Who does Nicole pick up, although she has promised not to sleep with anyone else?

5. What does Nicole say she still senses ever after Gary's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the signal of rubbing his chin mean Schiller wants Gary to do during an interview with the media?

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

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

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

5. What does Earl Dorius find out in a phone call the night before Gary's execution?

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

7. What does Schiller realize when he is already inside the prison's fence?

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

9. What evidence is presented in the book which leads the reader to believe Gary was not serious about killing himself?

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

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

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?

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