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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. How long into the game is it when the first goal is scored for Brazil?

2. What is the name of the studio Barbra Streisand records "Loss of Grace" in?

3. How does the hostess feel about it?

4. Why does Patrick knock on Maggie's door?

5. How long does Maggie work for Barry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Maggie make the decision to shoot Phillip?

2. What advice does Barbra give Maggie?

3. What is it about Victoria Lansdowne that contributes to the fact that Will rapes her?

4. Who does Maggie talk to as part of her upcoming murder trial and for what purpose?

5. Why is Maggie hiding under the porch with her three-year-old?

6. Why is Maggie writing all of this from a prison cell?

7. What causes Maggie to behave in a manner that is totally out of character for her?

8. What were the last things that Patrick said to Maggie on the boat before he died?

9. How does Maggie finally get an interview with singer/producer Barry Kahn?

10. What is the largest explanation that Maggie has to clarify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evil is evident in this novel on several layers. What evil is openly displayed and by which character or characters? What are some examples of more subtle evil? Which characters displayed these qualities? How does evil come into being? Are we born with it, or are the circumstances of our lives what make us become evil? What kinds of circumstances might make a person evil who did not start out that way?

Essay Topic 2

The legal system has many flaws but what might be seen as one of its greatest is the treatment that witnesses are forced to endure by opposing council. In this novel, which witness is browbeaten on the stand for the sake of 'justice'? How does this scenario compare to real life trials and their witnesses? Is it likely that cases of rape or sexual misconduct go unreported because witnesses fear this kind of character assassination on the stand? What recent cases in life can be compared to this issue? Should the legal rules be changed to protect those who come forward with claims of sexual abuse?

Essay Topic 3

In this novel, Will exhibits an instinct for luring in women by telling them what they want or need to hear in order to get them into bed. How do instincts play a role in human beings where their survival is concerned? What instinctive quality do we all have that enables us to survive? What conditions might cause us to ignore this instinct? Under what conditions might you ignore a survival instinct?

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