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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. Where does Dave go after talking with Batist?

2. Where are Dave and Annie at the opening of the novel?

3. Who is Monroe?

4. What does Dautrieve ask of David?

5. Why do Annie and Dave go to the Catholic church?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dave find when he dives down?

2. What do Dave and Annie witness as they are about to have lunch?

3. What police department did Dave work for and why is he no longer employed there?

4. Briefly describe Robin Gaddis.

5. Describe Dave's visit to Bubba.

6. What does Annie see down the street and what does Dave do about it?

7. What does Dave learn when he sees Dautrieve the day after the bayou incident?

8. Why does Dave visit Robin?

9. What do Dave and Annie do in response to the event they witness?

10. Who does Dave ask to watch Annie and the house and give a brief description of the person.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dave begins working as a deputy for the Layfayette Parish Sheriff's Department. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Dave goes back to police work? Are we told why Dave quit police work with the New Orleans police department? Why?

2. What personality traits of Dave's might make him a good police officer? What would make him a ineffective or less-than-desirable police officer? Which in balancing the two seems to be stronger--his ability to be a good or not-so-great cop? Explain your rationale.

3. Why do you think the Sheriff of Layfaette Parish hires Dave when Dave is obviously drunk when he applies for the position? Is this a responsible thing to do on the Sheriff's part? Do you think the sheriff understands why Dave wants the position?

4. What motivates Dave to quit his job as a police officer at the end of the story? Is this a good decision on his part? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Dave takes the law into his own hands when he decides to beat up Keats and then when he goes after Romero, one of his wife's murderers. Discuss the following:

1. When (or if) is it justified to mete out your own justice to someone who has wronged you or a loved one and broken the law in doing so?

2. What do you think it says about Dave's beliefs about the criminal justice system that he is his own judge and executioner?

3. Do you think Dave's beliefs about the justice system could influence his work as a police officer?

Essay Topic 3

Interesting characters contribute a great deal to the success of most novels. Discuss one of the following using specific examples from the text in your discussion:

1. Dave is singly the most important and most visible character of all the characters. Discuss Dave's most prominent character strengths and flaws and how they impact the other characters in the novel.

2. Define the term "character foil" and discuss which characters serve as a "foil" to Dave's character. How do they do so? Why do they do so? How does having a foil to a character help define and make that character more complex? How does it do so in Dave's case?

3. Discuss four secondary characters. What are their flaws and strengths? How do they contribute or detract from Dave's efforts at a normal, quiet life? What is Dave's opinion of each of the four characters? Does he like them? Tolerate them? Admire or despise them? Use specific examples from the text in your discussion.

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