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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 happens to the passengers on the bus after a man is shot at the beginning of the book?

2. What did the individual shown at the beginning of Section 5 give to the police that he is unsure of?

3. What political association do the two men at the beginning of Section 3 claim Salvatore Colasberna to be involved with?

4. Who does the man of honor shown at the beginning of Section 2 complain about an encounter with?

5. What is the name of the honorable man Don Arena is said to be close friends with at the end of Section 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the captain able to get reliable information from Little Priest in Section 2 despite knowing he was lying to him?

2. What is the initial information the police find on Diego Marchica at the end of Section 3?

3. What is the nature of the speech a man gives to the police regarding Don Arena in Section 5?

4. How does Little Priest act in public after meeting with police in Section 5?

5. What do police do after receiving Little Priest's letter in Section 5?

6. What does an old man decide Marchica should do at the end of Section 4?

7. What is the nature of the letter Little Priest sends to police in Section 5?

8. What is the nature of the anonymous letters the police receive in Section 1?

9. What is the nature of the information Little Priest gives to the captain in Section 2?

10. How do the employees of a sulphur mine react after not being paid for three months?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the nature of the police that is presented in the book. How might the police be considered as bad as the mafia given the way they conduct Salvatore's murder investigation and why is this significant in regards to better understanding human nature in the book?

Essay Topic 2

The author makes a great effort to showcase the true nature of the interrogation throughout the book. Part 1.) What can we learn about the nature of the police based on the way they interrogate witnesses and suspects in the book? Part 2.) What can we learn about the nature of members of the mafia based on their reactions to being interrogated by police in the book? Part 3.) How does the author present a moral dilemma in the book's characters through the portrayal of interrogation?

Essay Topic 3

A main theme presented throughout the book is an analysis of the nature of Sicilian society in the 1960s. Part 1.) What can we learn about the fear many Sicilians had based on the reactions of the bus passengers onboard when Salvatore is shot? Part 2.) What evidence is present to suggest the mafia is responsible for many of the actions of the Sicilian society during the 1960s based on their portrayal in this book? Part 3.) What possibility is there of the police seeing a change in the nature of the Sicilian society and how do they try and achieve this change?

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