In Cold Blood Test | Mid-Book 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. Where were Kenyon and Mr. Clutter's bodies found after the murder?

2. How many people had Hickock murdered before the Clutter crime?

3. What did Hickock finally admit to Smith about the crime?

4. From which of the following does it say in the book that Herb abstained from?

5. Where is the small drugstore that is described in part one of In Cold Blood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event happened to help Smith to feel less lonely while awaiting his trial?

2. In Part 2 of In Cold Blood, why did the hotel manager assume Smith would be returning to the hotel?

3. Why did Mrs. Meier develop an affection for Smith?

4. Where did the townsfolk go to vent about the murder in their small town?

5. Why was Nancy Clutter admired for her energy and industry?

6. Why did Larry Hendrick accompany Mr. Ewalt back to the Clutter house when the murders were discovered?

7. Why did Mr. Ewalt have to drive back to Susan's apartment to call the Sheriff about the Clutter murders?

8. What was the last thing Capote describes Nancy as doing before her death?

9. How long did Smith and Hickock wait for their execution?

10. What did Smith's premonitions say to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a comparative essay between the individuals, Hickock and Smith. Include personality, social, physical and other traits which can be used to compare the two individuals and use specific details from the text to support your comparison.

Essay Topic 2

Capote often claimed in interviews that he had perfect recall. Write an essay on the idea of perfect recall. Do you believe it exists? Do you believe Capote had perfect recall? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about capital punishment. Use information from the book to provide supporting details for or against capital punishment.

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