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. Which killing was easier, according to Gary?

2. What does Gary call those on the Parole Board who do not seek to fulfill the sentence they gave him?

3. Larry Schiller is a former ________ photographer turned sensationalist writer and wanna-be documentary producer.

4. Gil Athay is an attorney for one of the ________, and he soon gets into the fray as well.

5. Who does Gary have a date with on the morning of his execution?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why are Sam Smith, the Warden, and other officials looking over the laws?

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

6. Describe the Mormon vision Peter Galovan has about Gary.

7. What do the media do since no one has any access to Gary and to his story?

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

9. Why have Warden Sam Smith and others at the prison been keeping the reporters away from Gary?

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

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 trick with the character of Gary is that he seems to be someone you can both hate and understand. This can cause the reader to not know what to think.

Part 1: Cite at least two examples of things which may be considered admirable in Gary.

Part 2: Cite at least two examples of things which may be considered detestable in Gary.

Part 3: Do you think Gary is a good person or a bad person? What were your reactions to him in the story?

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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